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Spotify invite for a Logo

December 18, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Well as this blog of mine is still relatively new and I’m not all that good when it comes to designing logos I thought I’d see if anyone could knock me a logo for this blog together in exchange for a Spotify invite.

Spotify Invite

If you haven’t heard of Spotify then you can read about it on Shanes Blog or on David Naylors to get an idea.

In a nutshell though it is a way to listen to music online in an instant and really should be seen and tried to be believed how good it is!

Currently you can only pay to get access to Spotify for £9.99 per month unless you can get your mitts on an invite which by chance I have a spare one available, so if any music loving creative monkey out there wants to get their own Spotify invite in-exchange for a logo then let me know :)

Buyagift like drunk affiliates!

December 12, 2008 by · 2 Comments
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On Thursday a couple of parcels arrived, one containing 7 standard sized bottle of Bollinger Champagne, I was pretty sure that this was possibly from Buyagift (who I promote through their affiliate programme) before even reading the card as they have over the years supplied me with numerous bottles of Champagne, enough that I could open up my own champagne store or enough to leave me in a permanent state of intoxication from Christmas to Valentines day each year! :)

I got there in the end

I got there in the end

Opening up the second larger box and there was a wooden case with a Jeroboam of Tattinger Champagne (3L). Now a Magnum is twice the size of a standard champagne bottle, the Jeroboam is twice the size of a Magnum or four times the size of a standard bottle of Champers!

It has taken me until today to get my way into the wooden box which was harder than it first looked, but with a bit of creative thinking I got there in the end!

So I have to say (as I probably will be incapable of saying anything after I open the bottle) a huge thank you to Buyagift and inparticularly Graham who has been for me head and shoulders above other affiliate managers for years and also to Dan the MD of Buyagift who are both top blokes, they both know how to treat their affiliates and how to have fun, and lots of it (I’m sure Mr Slots will be wary come May when the next Buyagift incentive winners finally roll into Vegas…)!

"Little" & Large

"Little" & Large

Without going on and on, Buyagift have treated me to some of the most unforgettable experiences I will ever experience over the years, numerous driving experiences, racing yacht trip and two trips to Las Vegas which has included driving supercars out in the Nevada Desert, shooting guns, Indy car driving, helicopter trip through and landing in the Grand Canyon and the chance to do some dog fighting in some small fighter planes!

Also, it was nice to see on Monday, Grahams status on his MSN change to inform that on Monday it was Buyagifts best ever affiliate day for the company so a huge well done guys!

Once again, a huge thank you & Happy Christmas to Graham & Dan and all at Buyagift, it is always a pleasure working with you all, such a nice bunch of people and who I consider some great friends! hic hic…

Dear Technical Support

December 10, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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My girlfriend gave me a newspaper cutting the other day with this on it and felt it was worth sharing. Fortunately, Sheri (my girlfriend), doesn’t have a problem with Ladsnightout 3.1 & Football 4.5 though :)

“Eighteen months ago i upgraded to girlfriend 1.0 from drinking mates 4.2, which i had used for years without any trouble.
However, there are apparently conflicts with these two products and the only solution was to run girlfriend 1.0 with the sound turned off.
To make matters worse, girlfriend 1.0 is incompatable with several other applications such as ladsnightout 3.1 Football 4.5 and playboy 6.9. successive versions of girlfriend proved no better.
I tried a shareware prog Slapper 2.1 but it had many bugs and left with a virus in my system forcing me to shut down for a few weeks.
Eventually i tried to run girlfriend 1.2 and 1.0 at the same time. But when these two systems detected each other they caused severe damage to my hardware.
I upgraded to Fiance 1.0 only to discover that this soon had to be updated to Wife 1.0. while Wife 1.0 tends to use up all my available resources, it does come bundled with cookingplus and cleanhouse 2008.
shortly after this upgrade i found Wife 1.0 unstable and costly to run. Any mistakes i made were stored in wife 1.0s memory and could not be deleted.
Wife 1.0 needs updating regularly, requiring Shoeshop Browser for new attachments and hairstyle express.
when Wife 1.0 attaches itself to my Saab 93 convertable harddrive it often crashes. It comes with an irritating pop-up called mother-in-law.
Recently I’ve been tempted to install Mistress 2008, but it tends to delete all of your money before uninstalling itself…

MESHed about by Mesh Computers

December 1, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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This is a post I’ve been meaning to get put up for a couple of weeks now but haven’t got round to doing so.

I finally ordered myself a new computer from Mesh Computers on Friday 7th November after taking an age to decide on which one to get. As I knew Christmas was coming and I was after the computer sooner rather than later I opted and paid (it’s £39.99 for fast track) for the fast track build which would give me “GUARANTEED” 3-5 working days for delivery!

MESHed abotu by Mesh Computers

MESHed about by Mesh Computers

I received a call and an email to confirm delivery would be Friday 14th November. So Friday comes and I wait in to make sure I’m here for delivery, come 4pm I decide to ring and then only get rung back at around 5.30pm to tell me that the computer hasn’t been dispatched yet as it’s still in testing.
So much for that GUARANTEED 3-5 days I’ve paid extra for!

So after much ranting and raving on my end about the situation and not getting anywhere very fast about how I’d paid all this extra and also made sure I was in all day I was told delivery would be Tuesday at the earliest.

Monday afternoon comes and I phone to check where my order is up to and I ask to speak to the supervisor so I can express my displeasure at paying £40 for a service that I haven’t actually received. I was then informed that they were still waiting for the graphics card which would of been towards the end of the week and potentially mean it would be another week for delivery, so I ended up having to get a different graphics card just to make sure I didn’t have to wait even longer.

Now I was refunded the cost of the express build and the difference between graphics cards but to me it was the whole principle of the matter about being GUARANTEED something and paying for this guarantee and not receiving it, it’s like me guaranteeing to be able to satisfy my girlfriend after a day on the beer when actually with a few too many Stella’s down my neck there is a very good chance I’m going to actually be fast asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow. If you can’t guarantee something then how can you get away with advertising (and charging) for it?!

The computer did finally turn up on the Tuesday although it was missing the 8GB flash drive that was promised to me if I ordered over the phone and not via the website (I had originally planned on buying through my affiliate link but after speak to the online “live support” and bartering them down slightly on the price of the machine I was told I had to ring).

The machine seems pretty good and no problems (touches wood), although the whole Mesh Computers delivery problems have lefty a bit of a sour taste in my mouth, they have absolutely superb online support pre-buying and then failed to deliver and were not as on the ball post getting my money!

I had in-fact been so impressed with the pre-sale help that I even started promoting them through their affiliate program, that has now been stopped due to me not wanting to promote a company who I no longer fully trust so don’t feel I can whole hearted recommend them.

So Mesh Computers, if you can’t Guarantee something then don’t and I wouldn’t be here now having to have my little rant about it, I don’t like being MESHed about!

Gifts for content

November 20, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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With websites the old saying “Content is King” still rings true and always will. If you can provide plenty of unique content that is better than is on offer from any other website then you will (well hopefully should) see yourself rising to the top with your rankings.

Now employing content writers is one way to help with this task as this opens up new perspectives on a subject and different writing styles helping keep things from sounding too “samey”. If you get to a stage where you have so many sites that it is impossible to be writing content for them all due to there not being enough hours in the day then content writers is the natural way to go.

However there is some cases where you have quite a niche area would happily write content all day long but you just don’t personally have enough unique content in you to be able to and also employing content writers also isn’t really an option.

As an example I run a driving experience review site, unfortunately it’s quite hard to go out and find professional content writers who have actually been on a real driving experience day so I had to take a slightly different tack and posted on some of the car related forums that I post on requesting write ups of driving experiences in exchange for a freebie/gift.

The results have actually been quite good although as with most things I would of liked more responses.

In exchange for the write-ups I sent out different rewards, as an example the best review I have so far received was sent a Picoz RC Helicopter while others have received personalised mugs.

While I’m on the subject, if anyone reading this has done a driving experience such as the type of thing you can buy from Buyagift then send me a message and we can sort you a reward for a write-up :)

WWWelcome to WWWardys new blog!

November 18, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Well I don’t really know how to start this blog, which I guess probably isn’t the best starting point for a blog really is it not knowing what to write.

Anyway, it’s unlikely anyone is going to read these early posts anyway so I will probably get away with posting some rubbish to begin with, make sure no one replies to this so I know that I was right :)

Well in an attempt to add something useful I’ll just do a quick introduction about myself. I’m a UK affiliate based in the North West of England and made my first website in around 1999 and turned a full time affiliate in around 2003 after finishing college.

Right, that’s it for a very uninspiring first post but it’s out of the way now, the rest of the rubbish I post is bound to be pure gold!

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