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January 24, 2014

PHP Poll Script Updated - Now Cloud-Safe

Category: Company Announcements, Internet Marketing, Webmasters/Web Design — Answers 2000 @ 9:45 am

We’re pleased to announce an update to our PHP Poll Script. This script allows you to easily adding voting polls (as many different polls as you want) to your websites or blogs, and display the results of users voting as beautiful graphics - bar charts, pie, charts, etc. The new version of the script is now fully-compatible with both traditional web hosts and the increasing popular cloud-based web hosting services that many people are now adopting.

Here’s an example poll voting form (they can be customized):

An Example Poll:
What is your favorite sport?

Here are some examples of how the script can display the results of voting - note: as bar charts, pie charts, or both:

PHP Poll Script - Example Bar and Pie Charts

PHP Poll Script - Example Bar Chart

PHP Poll Script - Example Pie Chart

Here’s a video of demonstrating how easy the script is to use:

PHP Poll Script Video Demo:

To learn more or get your own copy of our PHP script, please click here.


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January 22, 2014

Network Solutions Customer? Check Your Email! [Updated]

Category: Webmasters/Web Design — Answers 2000 @ 12:08 pm

Disclosure: Our company is a Domain.com/Dotster affiliate. We also are a Dotster customer and have been for some years. We may earn a commission if you buy a domain name or other/product service from them after following a link from this website

Note: See the Important Update at the bottom of this story

Do you use Network Solutions as a domain registrar? Perhaps you used them in the past, have subsequently switched to another registrar, but still have a couple of domains with Network Solutions? You might want to check your email inbox carefully if you any domains with Network Solutions.

Network Solutions have recently introduced a new program, called “WebLock” which helps protect high-value and premium domain names from unauthorized transfers or modifications. I have to say that is a very good idea - many domain name owners need protection for their premium names, and some will want top of the line security, which is what “WebLock” claims to offer.

However, according to Brent Simmons you might get automatically enrolled in this program - which may not be what you want - especially when you find out the cost - $1,850 for the first year - and $1,350 for each subsequent year!

According to Mr Simmons, Network Solutions sent him email, saying that he had been enrolled, but you could opt-out if he wanted to. He’s chosen to opt-in, and actually move his domains to another registrar. But one has to wander what would have had happened had he missed the email, or had the email gone into his spam folder - I presume that he would have been billed, and only found out a month later when the credit card statement came?

My personal view on this (assuming Simmons’ summary is correct) is that I applaud Network Solutions for offering their customers a high-level security option - but I strongly believe that they should be asking customers to opt-in, not to opt-out, especially given the relatively high price of this option! Auto-enrolling customers into high-priced services to me feels like some inappropriate behavior - and really I would expect better from an established company like Network Solutions.

And the moral of the story: If you have any domains with Network Solutions, check your email carefully! Alternatively you might want to consider switching to another domain registrar - we currently use Dotster.com for most of our domain names.

Important Update:

Web.com, the parent of Network Solutions, have just provided an interview by their CEO, Jason Teichman, to DomainNameWire.com. In the interview, Teichman says that the WebLock program will be opt-in, not opt-out - nobody will be charged unless they agree to add it - and that the wording of the announcement email could have been better.

All I can say then is: Three cheers to Web.com/Network Solutions for acting the right way, and offering what looks like a worthwhile new service (for those who need it).


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January 20, 2014

Top Site PHP Script Updated - Now Fully Cloud Hosting Compatible

Category: Company Announcements, Internet Marketing, Webmasters/Web Design — Answers 2000 @ 4:38 pm

We are pleased to announce the release of a new version of our PHP Top Site Script. This is a powerful script that you can install on your web site, and which you can use to get other webmasters to send you free traffic - yes it really works!

The new version, 4.00 of our Top Site script is now fully compatible with both regular web hosting environments (including dedicated servers, shared servers, and virtual servers), and with cloud-hosting web services, which are becoming increasingly. popular.

You can see an example of a customer successfully using our top site at www.topprepperwebsites.com/.

To find out more about starting your own top site - or to get the script - please click here.


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December 11, 2013

CoverFactory eBook Cover Software reviewed by FileCluster

Category: Company Announcements, eBook Marketing & Publishing — Answers 2000 @ 3:04 pm

CoverFactory, our for software for making eBook covers has been reviewed by FileCluster. Check out their review of CoverFactory - as you can see, from the screenshots etc., unlike some reviewers, they seem to have done a proper test of the program. Thanks guys!

Read their review for yourself, but to summarize, the program received a 5-star ("Excellent") rating, more than 9 out of 10 in all five categories evaluated.

If you haven’t already tried CoverFactory - there’s a free trial version which you can download and try out for free.

Here some examples of the sorts of images that you can easily produce using CoverFactory:


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October 19, 2013

I’m not making this stuff up: More on the “Evaluating Internet Business Opportunities - Infographic”

Category: Internet Marketing — Answers 2000 @ 10:44 am

A while ago, I posted an infographic and a blog post about how to evaluate internet business opportunities… at least the kind of criteria that I would use myself.

I received some negative comments on Facebook and elsewhere suggesting the infographic was biased against MLMs. I’m not biased against MLMs in general - while I have no interest in participating in them - if other people find legitimate MLMs to be a good model (and some apparently do), that is fine with me. My concern however is with illegitimate MLMs - that is MLMs which are disguised pyramid or Ponzi schemes:

  • A pyramid scheme is one which pays participants based on recruiting more participants into the scheme - rather than based on legitimate sales of products to non-participants in the scheme (retail customers).
  • A Ponzi scheme is an fraudulent investment scheme, based on paying returns to earlier investors, using money taken from later investors.

The question is how do you spot these schemes? Here are the criteria that I would use:

  1. Is there a product? If there is not, this is likely indicative of a fraudulent scheme. If there is a product, you should of course do further investigation - having a product by itself is not enough to prove an opportunity is legitimate.
  2. Are the majority of product sales to people outside the business opportunity (retail sales)? If not, this suggests the opportunity may simply be a disguised pyramid scheme.
  3. Are you being offered investments returns (being given a return for simply depositing money, and then taking little or no action of your own)? If yes, the opportunity should be registered with the relevant authorities (like the SEC in the United States) - and if not registered, maybe a unregistered security and/or Ponzi scheme.

I’m not a lawyer, nor an expert on this stuff, but neither am I making this stuff up!

Here’s what the FTC says: "Not all multilevel marketing plans are legitimate. If the money you make is based on your sales to the public, it may be a legitimate multilevel marketing plan. If the money you make is based on the number of people you recruit and your sales to them, it’s not. It’s a pyramid scheme. Pyramid schemes are illegal, and the vast majority of participants lose money."

Here’s what the SEC says: "some MLM programs are actually pyramid schemes — a type of fraud in which participants profit almost exclusively through recruiting other people to participate in the program." … "beware of these hallmarks of a pyramid scheme:" … "No demonstrated revenue from retail sales. Ask to see documents, such as financial statements audited by a certified public accountant (CPA), showing that the MLM company generates revenue from selling its products or services to people outside the program."


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August 30, 2013

Free eBook: How To Use Your ClickBank Thank You Page To Boost Your Profits

Category: Company Announcements, eBook Marketing & Publishing, ClickBank — Answers 2000 @ 5:36 pm

Disclosure: Our company is a ClickBank vendor and affiliate. We may earn a commission if you buy one of the products mentioned in this blog post, or if you join ClickBank as a vendor.

Here’s a brand new eBook - and we’re giving it away free of charge: “How To Use Your ClickBank Thank You Page To Boost Your Profits” - And it even comes with resell/distribution rights.

Feel free to read it, and to distribute copies if you like! You can give a copy to your friends, or to your customers. You can give copies away on your squeeze page (to get people to join your opt-in mailing list), as bonus with your main product, or even sell copies. Click Here to Download!

Here are some other articles that you might like if you are a ClickBank vendor: Here are some other articles that you might like if you are a ClickBank affiliate:

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August 25, 2013

Nearly Thirty Years of ClickBank Experience in one Podcast!

Disclosure: Our company is a ClickBank vendor and affiliate. We may earn a commission if you buy one of the products mentioned in this blog/podcast post, or if you join ClickBank as a vendor.

If you’re looking to start or expand your ClickBank business, whether as a vendor or an affiliate, you will want to check out this new free Podcast, by ClickScoop.com, which features Sunil Tanna (me!) and ClickScoop host Miles Baker. Both of us have been with ClickBank for more than 14 years - in total that’s nearly 30 years of ClickBank experience! In this PodCast, we discuss lots of issues and ideas for powering up a successful ClickBank business. Check out the new free ClickScoop PodCast.

Here are some other articles that you might like if you are a ClickBank vendor: Here are some other articles that you might like if you are a ClickBank affiliate:

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August 21, 2013

Evaluating Internet Business Opportunities - Infographic

Category: Internet Marketing — Answers 2000 @ 8:41 pm

Disclosure: Our company is a ClickBank vendor and affiliate. We may earn a commission if you buy one of the products mentioned in this blog post, or if you join ClickBank as a vendor.

Being involved in Internet business myself, supplying products that are used by a lot of other businesses (like Activ E-Book Compiler, our ClickBank tools, and our PHP Scripts for Webmasters), and simply participating in online business forums, I tend to receive a lot of questions about what is and isn’t a good Internet business opportunity. Before embarking on a new business venture: you should always do your own research, get professional advice, and take into account that many businesses fail with financial losses - but here are a few thoughts that I thought I would share.

For me, the two preferred ways of making money on the Internet are:

  1. To create my own products and sell them (via ClickBank for example)
  2. Or to participate in free-to-join affiliate programs where money comes from sales commission on products sales (for example sales commissions on products sold by Amazon), or simply from referring traffic/leads to a company.

However, I do realize this is not for everybody. Some people, for example, are looking for something closer to a traditional retail business, where they buy goods from a supplier and then sell them on at a profit. Additionally, a lot of people are looking for a shortcut way to make money - a “done for you system” or a “business in a box”. The problem however is that these types of businesses often require that you spend money to join - and as a result there is a good chance of being scammed by a pyramid schemes, Ponzi schemes or other types of fraud.

Here’s a chart I put together which may be of some help. It shows how I would begin to evaluate an opportunity. Simply start at the START, and keep going until you reach a red box or a green box.

  • If you finish on a red box: All I can say is that I personally would NOT participate in any such an “opportunity”. You are of course free to make your own judgement, but I recommend you do extra careful research, asking serious questions, and getting advice before you consider proceeding.
  • If you finish on a green box: The opportunity is not an obvious fraud - but of course you still should do due diligence, take sensible precautions, do research, and get any necessary professional advice. Remember just because an opportunity isn’t an obvious fraud, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it can’t still be a more subtle fraud, or just a poor/unprofitable opportunity.

Please note: (1) I am not a lawyer, financial advisor/professional. This is just my own personal opinion of how to evaluate business opportunities - using my own personal criteria! (2) This chart is not intended as a comment on any particular business, business opportunity, or program.

Here is the chart:

If you wish to put a copy of this chart on your blog or eBook, you are welcome provided the same page contains a clearly visible clickable link to this blog post at URL: http://blog.ans2000.com/2013/08/21/evaluating-internet-business-opportunities-infographic/

If putting the graphic on a website or blog, you could use this HTML code for example:


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August 16, 2013

Your First ClickBank Product Has Been Approved - Now What?

Disclosure: Our company is a ClickBank vendor and affiliate. We may earn a commission if you buy one of the products mentioned in this blog post, or if you join ClickBank as a vendor.

If you have written an eBook, or created another product, gone through the process of setting up a ClickBank vendor account, the question soon arises what to do next? Some people expect that they can just sit back and wait for the money to roll-in, but this rarely happens…

Our company has been with ClickBank for over 14 years, and sold all kinds of different products through their system. The fact is that in all that time, our direct sales have always been vastly more than all my affiliates combined - so the first thing that I would say: You’ve got to do your own marketing.

Some people say that affiliates will find and promote your website if your products are any good. My our experience says otherwise. I simply don’t believe it’s true “affiliates will find you if you’re good”. They may, but they don’t always - we’ve sold thousands and thousands of products, to a highly satisfied customer base, but affiliate-driven sales have always been a small part of our total sales.

I suspect that the same applies for other vendors too. Yes there are some poor quality vendors listed with ClickBank, but there are also tons of really good vendors (look beyond the Internet marketing categories), sometimes selling lots directly or through 1 or 2 affiliates, who fly under most affiliates’ radar because they never reach a critical mass of “gravity”, etc.

Let’s be honest though, from a vendor’s point of view, while it would be nice if affiliates drove tons oif sales, you don’t have to make it that important. A vendor’s real goal is to make sales, and there’s lots of ways to do that - it doesn’t have to be from affiliate traffic.

Some here are the things that I would suggest a new vendor do:

1. Promote your website to drive sales

2. Protect your ClickBank product against Thank You Page and Download theft, as much as you reasonably can without annoying legitimate customers.

Yes, there are some hardcore pirates who will never buy - but these aren’t the people you are interested in. There are plenty more people who will pirate if it’s easy to pirate, but will buy otherwise.

And doing this doesn’t have to be hard - it can be easy for - and completely transparent to your customers - if you use, CB Thank You Page Protector to do this for you.

3. Email every new customer after every sale to (a) say thank you, (b) give them your contact details again, (c) remind them what they’ve bought, (d) remind them that you’re a real person, (e) remind them how the charge will show on their billing statement, and (f) to start to build a relationship which eventually allow you to sell other products to them.

(a) to (e) will help reduce charge-backs and refunds, sometimes drastically so.

(f) will add to your bottom line.

And for the record, you can automate these emails using CB Thank You Page Protector.

4. Always work on improving your conversion rate, presentation, etc. Ideally, you should use split-testing, as shown in the video below, to fine tune your pitch pages so as to maximize conversions.

5. Did I say, promote your website to drive sales….

Here are some other articles that you might like if you are a ClickBank vendor: Here are some other articles that you might like if you are a ClickBank affiliate:

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Using Social Proof to Increase ClickBank Sales

Category: Internet Marketing, ClickBank — Answers 2000 @ 3:57 pm

Disclosure: Our company is a ClickBank vendor and affiliate. We may earn a commission if you buy one of the products mentioned in this blog post, or if you join ClickBank as a vendor.

People have been seriously studying human behavior for many decades now. One of the the surprising things about human behavior is that we don’t make decisions in a rational way - in fact, our brains don’t work anything like the way we think that they do. There are lots of subtle queues that we take from our environment and which we use to help us make decisions.

Of course, when this kind of phenomenon came to light, businesses were keen to exploit it, so for example you may have heard of some business “priming” customers using colors, smells, or sounds. For example, supermarkets have found that playing German background music tends to increase sales of German wines, and playing French background music tends to increase sales of French wines.

Another factor that people tend to take into account when making buying decisions is what other people do: if we are uncertain, we look at what other people are doing, and tend to assume that they are making the correct decision. Although, this can often be a fairly sensible strategy, people often follow it without even being aware of it. If lots of other people are ordering the special in a restaurant, there’s a good chance that it tastes pretty good, and conversely if nobody else is ordering the special, we might expect it not to be the greatest dish that we are ever likely to eat.

Online however the situation is different, when we look for “social proof” of this type, we can’t always find it: we simply don’t know what other people visiting a website are doing. If we (or any other prospect) could see that other people are buying the same product, we might have more confidence about choosing to buy ourselves.

So my conclusion is that a merchant or seller, wishing to increase their sales and improve their conversion rate of visitors into customers, could do so, if he could find a way to give that “social proof” to potential customers.

Well, the good news is, it turns out that at least as far as ClickBank vendors are concerned, there is now a way to offer this social proof. It’s based around a clever product by ClickBank veteran, Miles Baker, and is called VeriPurchase.

Here’s how it works, you sign up for VeriPurchase (just $1 for the first 14 days), and then in their member’s area you use the menus to pick your preferred colors/design for a VeriPurchase widget. You then insert the widget into your website by simply copying and pasting a couple of lines of code - no complicated technical stuff. After that - instant social proof! VeriPurchase displays on your website a scrolling list of your recent customers, including names (shortened) and country of residence.

Why is this important?

Firstly, as mentioned, it’s a queue to potential customers that other people are buying, and we tend to mimic other people’s behavior when making our own decisions.

Secondly, the VeriPurchase widget is clearly provided by an independent and neutral third party, which means that customers can trust the information it provides - it’s not as if the vendor themselves is making claims about other customers - instead there is live social proof right there in the vendor’s web page.

So how do you use it? The best answer is to place in a prominent position in your sales letter or pitch page, when you need the customer to make a decision - for example, adjacent to the Buy Now button (incidentally you can get some great ClickBank Buy Now buttons, here).

Does it work? Well top ClickBank vendors like Earth4Energy and Fast Loss Factor report great results using VeriPurchase, so it definitely can work. Of course, as with anything like this, there’s no guarantee it will work for you - you need to try it out for yourself, and see if it works for you - but since you can try out VeriPurchase for two weeks for just $1, there is really no risk in giving it a go.

P.S. Here’s what some VeriPurchase widgets look like (the real widgets are even more effective since they are animated - these are just static screenshots). This widget is showing all the people who recently signed up for the VeriPurchase service. Makes you want to sign-up for VeriPurchase yourself, doesn’t it? Likewise if you add VeriPurchase to your site, showing proof of your sales, it can help convince more of your potential customers to buy.


Here are some other articles that you might like if you are a ClickBank vendor: Here are some other articles that you might like if you are a ClickBank affiliate:

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