After a few months of discussions, design and development I finally have PersonalisedGifts.co.uk properly launched.
I actually tell a lie when I say “finally” as it was actually a couple of months that I actually got it launched but I have been working on it getting extra content added to it and making sure it all works as it should!
PersonalisedGifts.co.uk was my first “prime” generic domain purchase and it is the prime domain for the Personalised Gifts sector so allot of effort has gone into the site to make it look and feel as good as the domain name deserves. I won’t take credit for the design but I feel that it looks brilliant.
I am looking forward to developing the site and making it grow to be the place that people come to first when looking for a personalised gift for any occasion.
With so many personalised gifts out there it can be a bit of a minefield and hard to just check out the good stuff and ignore the not so good stuff so our aim is to just list the better personalised gifts available out there from all the different merchants so your search is made that much easier.
I would love to hear from anyone who has ideas for the site or if you want to work with us but also those people who have received personalised gifts please get in contact with us as I would love to have personal reviews of any gift you may have received!
So Twitter is now even more important since it appears that Google has started to roll it out into their results for some searches now.
Currently I can only find it showing when I search specific terms that also relate to twitter user names, although it doesn’t show for everyone I’ve searched for.
For example when I search my twitter user name my 2 last tweets show up above all the rest of the organic results, the same occurred when I search various other terms or people such as bitly, kierondonoghue (sorry mate, you were the first affiliate name that sprang to mind) and DuncanBannatyne.
The DuncanBannatyne search was interesting as it was auto updating as I sat there watching it, so other peoples mentions of @DuncanBannatyne were appearing in the search within minutes of them being posted (definitely expect people to look at ways of spamming these now, although I’m sure both Twitter and Google have measures in place to reduce this!)
This is probably old news but I don’t recall spotting it before (and yes that is a bit of a rubbish title to the post but it’s as short as I could make it).
I was just doing a search for “cheap cds” just to see who was appearing in the organic and in the Sponsored Links. I noticed one of the Adwords ads had the Google Checkout logo but this one also had an orange bit added to it with $5 Off (even though I was searching Google UK and filtered to pages from the UK)!
Now I’ve seen plenty of the Google Checkout Adwords ads previously but never these ones with any discount part added to them.
The Google Checkout option wasn’t available for UK visitors to this site. I wanted to go through the checkout process to see if it was a special discount just for those clicking on the Sponsored Link or if it was only available to those who paid with Google Checkout.
As I said, I could well be just massively only seeing something that has been around for ages but I’m fairly certain I’ve not spotted the “Discount Google Checkout” Adwords ads before.
I wonder how long before Discount Vouchers are auto applied to the checkouts of merchants sites providing the user clicks through the “Google Checkout” sponsored links?!
I was walking past where the local bonfire is going to take place this weekend and it reminded me of a “funny” story of such.
Around 5 years ago a mate of mine (no, he really is a mate and it’s not me pretending to pass the limelight) was on his way home from a night on the beer at around 5am in the morning. Now he wanted to buy some cigs from the local Tesco on his way home but when he got to it it was (unsurprisingly) shut. All that was there was a bundle of newspapers that had been left waiting for the staff when they turned in for work.
Now in his drunken state he decided to set the papers on fire, just one of them drunken things.
Now when you’re drunk things seem a good idea at the time but they can go a bit wrong too, as is the case in this story…the fire spread so all the bundles were on fire, in his attempt to quell the flames he got his trouser snake out and tried to put the fire out by relieving his bladder on them. Again, another unsurprising thing happened, it didn’t put the flames out and the fire got bigger (unlike his pecker I imagine)!
Anyway, he was good in that he phoned the fire brigade who came and dealt with the fire before it caused too much more damage and he was subsequently arrested for his crime.
So his court date comes and he’s ordered to pay the damages he caused (about £1,500 for the shop front) and also to do 120 hours community service.
Now, community service means you can end up doing lots of different things, from working in charity shops, helping tidy up areas etc.
The greatest part of this story is that he was given the job of helping to build the local town bonfire.
Fortunately though he didn’t get p*ssed and burn it down before the 5th November
It looks like someone at Hamleys is going to be in a spot of bother since it appears that they have forgotten to renew hamleys.com and it’s now going to a back order page.
Looking at the Network solution twitter page (twitter being the place where I saw it had happened following a post by a post by @ClarkeDuncan) also suggest that it has expired but they are going to help the customer get it sorted. View here
The whois shows:
Pending Renewal or Deletion
P.O. Box 430
Herndon, VA. US 20172-0447
Domain Name: HAMLEYS.COM
Administrative Contact, Technical Contact:
Pending Renewal or Deletion
P.O. Box 430
Herndon, VA 20172-0447
Record expires on 28-Oct-2009.
Record created on 14-Apr-1996.
Database last updated on 3-Nov-2009 07:56:25 EST.
Domain servers in listed order:
Whosoever fault it is we don’t imagine is going to be on a Christmas bonus this year, ooops!
With Swine Flu not far from everyones noses (hopefully not too close to be honest) with it occupying the main news headlines on TV and in the papers it is little wonder that people are now starting to get a little anxious about it all.
I thought the Avian Bird Flu was bad with birds having the ability to fly but it appears that pigs (yes, the animals that are penned up and wallow in mud) have managed to get their flu virus out there and into humans, which is kind of making me think that perhaps Pigs might actually Fly!
So it was with some relief that I received an email about a Swine Flu Medicine. It looks like Lemsips pharmacists have been working hard and made a new version of their Lemsip Max that is used to deal with our everyday cold and flu symptoms and made a Swine Flu Medicine called Oinksip Max.
Two weeks ago I blogged (Prezzybox with the easiest affiliate competition!) about the pretty brilliant incentive that was on offer from Prezzybox, that was open for literally anyone to enter and that Zak posted on the a4Uforum.
All you had to do to win a weeks ski/snowboarding holiday with Prezzybox was tell them how you could improve your promotion of them this year. That was it, very simple and with 2 places available for anyone who really wanted to go then there was plenty of scope to get yourself on the trip.
Unfortunately I couldn’t enter as I’m already going away snowboarding on Sunday myself but I spoke to Zak anyway to find out where they have decided to take their lucky affiliates tomorrow and he told me they are off to Austria which should be pretty cool (as in wicked and not cold, although it will be cold too)!
The conversation went on and it turns out that only 3 (yes THREE) people emailed in to enter, one of the entrants subsequently emailed to say they couldn’t make the dates and so the 2 places of the FREE HOLIDAY went to the other 2 affiliates who could be bothered to email in, making one of the easiest to enter free holiday for affiliates even easier!
I don’t think I’ve ever seen or heard of a holiday being won so easily before and surely there must be plenty of affiliates out there now who are kicking themselves for not entering, I know just 5 minutes of creative thinking could well have seen you packing your bags tomorrow for a week on the pis(te)!
Prezzybox go above and beyond many other affiliates programmes to offer the best incentives to affiliates and I bet they must feel totally flat over this one, let’s just hope this doesn’t curb Zaks enthusiasm too much and the next incentive they get inundated (well unless it’s another snow related one and I can enter then please make it as easy next time for me)
I just hope it works out well and the 2 lucky affiliates who won the free holidays go on and make loads of money for Prezzybox and themselves
This is a great example of how affiliate incentives and competitions are not always only available for the big and established affiliates, you could of been a total newbie to gadgets and gifts and won a brilliant holiday!
Well as I always seem to be one of the last to get on the latest “craze” (Facebook, Blogging etc) I have now jumped onto the next one and joined Twitter – http://twitter.com/wardy7
Following a few posts made by Kieron on his blog I finally decided last week to sign up to see what all the fuss was about.
Now, I am still slightly getting my head around it and am certainly not hooked on it but as it’s where many affiliates I know seem to be handing around kicking their feet I shall stick it out and see how useful it is.
At the A4UExpo last year I was at the WordPress SEO optimisation seminar presented by Yoast and I remember him mentioning Twitter as a great place to get new sites or important announcements “out there” and so hopefully I can see what it can offer my affiliate business.
I shall update further when I’ve had a bit more of a play, in the meantime why not follow me, you never know it might be the best thing you do today (or not)…http://twitter.com/wardy7
There is two reason I thought I’d have a look at this post on the forum:
1. I’m a snowboarder and I thought I fancied a piece of the action.
2. Zak (Prezzybox) is someone who I want to get working with much closer. Many UK affiliates will know of Zak, he is widely known as one of the best affiliate managers out there and comes from a similar mold as Graham Keen (Buyagift) who I have worked closely with for quite a few years and have been treated above and beyond any other affiliate programme I have promoted.
I have in the past dabbled but never achieved much on Prezzybox (my doing through not putting enough effort in) despite loads of offers of help and encouragement from Zak.
So with these 2 points in mind I had a look at the incentive on offer. There is Two 1 week skiing trips on offer to go with Prezzybox on the 14th March for a week when they take the winners of the Christmas Incentive away, the best bit was just how easy a competition this one looks to win and it is really open to anyone, all you need to do is email in and say how you plan to promote Prezzybox throughout the next year, the bigger and better the idea will win the holidays.
- Email Ben on ben @ prezzybox.com with the Subject “take me skiing”
- Tell Ben how you propose to promote Prezzybox.com this year. the more exposure you are willing to give Prezzybox, and the more elaborate your ideas, the more likely Ben is to pick you as one of the prize winners. Your name will then go into the hat.
I am actually personally pretty gutted because the week that Zak is taking everyone away is the week that I am already heading off myself snowboarding so as much as I want to win my place (and trust me I would have pulled out the stops to win myself a place) unfortunately I can’t enter!
So, for anyone who wants to get on what is likely to be an absolutely brilliant week, have a think how you can get Prezzybox integrated into your sites and how you can promote them throughouth the year. They provide a brilliant set of creative, Vidiboxes, content units, interactive gift wizards that you can view here
Well as the snow and ice seems to be the main topic of news at the moment and the fact that councils are running out of the grit and salt they need to spread on the roads to make them safe I thought I’d do a quick blog post on this of how Middlewich is trying to save your bacon (well more stop you from skidding on ice if we want to be precise!)
Living in Middlewich, Cheshire, we have the British Salt factory on the opposite end of town as we are full of Salt & brine below us, so I thought I’d take a quick wander over and see if everyone is coming to them with their begging bowls (trucks).
I didn’t get too far before I hit the back of the huge line of trucks and lorries all queued up waiting for their turn to get their deposit of the mother load of salt!
British Salt manufacture the table salt we all have week in week out (British Salt have 57% of the UK salt market) and any low grade salt is mounded up in a huge pile and just sits there doing nothing, they have been doing this for 15 years or so I believe.
So just to prove for all those people who are worried that their road is going to be turned into an ice rink there may be a salt god at hand in the form of British Salt to save the day.
Driving past all the lorries it was clear to see that the drivers have been there for hours waiting and waiting, although for one lucky chippy right next to the queue they looked to be doing a brisk trade, no doubt asking if the drivers wanted Salt on their chips
Apparently up to 200 lorries were queued up yesterday and it looked like it was a none stop shift of lorries turning up today as well when I went past with the queue stretching a very long way!