Using A PIM To Manage Your Online Life

I pile things high on my desktop, then pay for it when it is clean up time! 😆 But one thing I’m really trying to train myself is to better use a PIM (Personal Information Manager) in organizing and keeping together my online information.

Keyword Lists
Notes on websites
Resources for each website
Rankings tracking
Adwords Ads
Etc., Etc., Etc.

Ideas are endless on ways to use a PIM, but it’s just *so much easier* to whip open a PIM and have the details and resources for each of your affiliate websites right at your fingertips:

Your hosting account info
Your login info
Your affiliate accounts info
Your keyword list
Your articles for that site

The list goes on and on and on.

Which PIM to use? There are probably several dozen on the market. I found TreePad the best fit for me. The Lite version is fine for what I need (it’s the free version). The main feature I wanted was a PIM that will search the entire tree, not just one node at a time. That’s why I settled into TreePad, I wanted a serious search function.

Here is a screen cap of an example I whipped up to give you an idea of what I’m talking about:


Can you see how easy it is to keep everything about your websites together and organized in one place? I’m loving it.

Cloaking Affiliate Links – A Quick Tip

Hiding affiliate links – a tip for newbies:

Many times I’ll upload a script program like PHP click counter to mask my affiliate links, but sometimes I only have a few affiliate links on a website. Call me crazy :lol:. In those cases I don’t want to bother installing a script program.

Here’s the most quickest, painless method I’ve found yet to masking affiliate links without installing folders or script programs, etc.:

Add this to your .htaccess file:

Redirect 301 /namefile

Of course you change to your full affiliate link 😆

/namefile can be whatever you like. Now whenever you link to your affiliate product, use your-domain-name. net/namefile, and your visitors will be swept away to once they click that link. The visitor won’t see your affiliate link on your page at all, they’ll just see your-domain-name .net/namefile.

Hot Tip: Study Catalog Copy

Sears Catalog

I sat down to compile and organize my notes with my latest read: Tested Advertising Methods by John Caples. I mentioned it here the other day.

Something that struck me as *especially useful* for affiliate marketers:

Study The Selling Copy In Mail Order Catalogs

The large mail-order houses, such as J.C. Penney, Sears Roebuck, and L.L. Bean, are masters of the art of selling goods by means of printed words and pictures. The next time you are puzzled as to how to sell a product, study a mail-order catalog and see how the mail-order people approach the subject. In the large mail-order catalogs you will find excellent sales talks for almost every product you can think of.

What a great tip that is! Someone tell me why I insisted on throwing out all those Sears and Canadian Tire catalogs almost as soon as they were delivered < insert slap to forehead doh! smiley here >.

I have this *thing* about catalogs in the house since I was at a garage sale a few years ago where some dear older woman had stacks and stacks and stacks of Sears catalogs for sale (from the 1980s on). I think that’s why I turf mine asap, it scared the bejeebers out of me. 😆

Time to order a catalog 😉

Use Your Email Spam As Web Content

This has to be one of the most creative ways to use email spam I’ve heard of (actually this stands out to me as the *only* use for email spam that I’ve heard of :lol:):

Generating website content from your spam inbox

Essentially what you are doing is forwarding any email you get sent to the Blogger email address that is provided when you turn on posting via email.

It’s a really simple idea and seems to work quite well.

For the first time in your life you’ll be looking forward to getting spam sent to your email.

It seems that article was written for the users of Digital Point’s Link Coop Network. The more pages you have uploaded and getting hits, the more links you earn pointing to your own websites.

I read a post somewhere that said the link coop would toast itself through poor quality, spammy pages. I think this shows there’s some truth to that. I’m really not all that familiar with the network, but I’m wondering if everybody is just hosting the links on poor quality, spammy-type pages, yet having the links they earn in return point to their better quality, money earning websites. That’s interesting.

Thanks to Fantomaster Turning Spam to Page Count for the heads up.

Printing Threads & Net Files (Tip)

You see that great thread, it’s full of information that you want to keep at your fingertips for future reference. You can bookmark the thread, but whoa! your bookmarks sure add up fast and look at that – the poster/admin/mod edited out all the information and it’s gone now.

You can print the thread, but that can take a lot of paper and ink if the thread is large. Plus the next thing you know – you have six 3 inch binders full of referenced threads/posts/articles. Where to find that *one* you’re looking for?

Here’s an excellent method to archiving the information you find on the web so you don’t lose any of that valuable info:

Print the threads as a pdf file – and you don’t need to spend a fortune on Adobe Acrobat to do that. Here are some pdf converters:

ConvertZone Lots of various converters found here, but this is the one I use, and it’s free!: Pdf995. Make sure to download the pdfEdit995 as well (on the same page). You’ll need that to do text-to-link conversions for your urls.

The Pdf995 is sponsored by ads in the free version. Or you can pay $20 to get rid of that nuisance.

Here’s what you do after you install both Pdf995 and the pdfEdit995:

Go to the article or thread you want to print
On your browser’s toolbar, click ‘File’ then ‘Print’
Select pdf995

Save the file to a folder on your desktop and the pdf will now be created (ummm here’s where you’ll notice that timed ad). Once it’s finished printing, run PDFedit995.

Click on the ‘Links’ tab
Then click on the button “Auto-convert URL’s to links”

This will convert the text to live links in your pdf document.

A couple things to note:

The text-to-link conversion will only work on the last file you printed with pdf955. Try opening the older pdf, then *printing* it again with pdf955 so it’s the last file printed. Then you can use the method I outlined above.

Also this automatic method doesn’t work if the link is SuperAff Bookmarks rather than You’ll need to do them manually by entering the text and the url in the form boxes found within the ‘Links’ tab of pdfedit955.

If you save the pdf file as the title of the thread or the tip mentioned so you’ll remember what it is, you’ll have an easier time of finding that file you want – rather than flipping through and keeping track of several inches of printed paper.

I’ve been using this version of pdf995 for quite some time now, so the newer version may have more options or different methods to convert urls, I’m not sure.

More Directory Submission Tips

Create an email just for directory submissions. Although 99% of my submissions haven’t generated any spam, it does happen. Plus there are a few directories that you must opt in to their newsletters in order to be listed. An email just for directory submissions help seperate the email generated from your regular mail.

Use a different password for each directory. Some directories require you to register and provide a password. It’s too easy for your password to get into the wrong hands and this could prove a serious risk to the rest of your site listings if you use the same password everywhere. Eliminate this possibility by using different passwords.

Keep track of the directories that list your websites. There are hundreds of directories (maybe thousands?) and yet not all are maintained nor list most of their submissions. Directory submissions TAKE TIME, so make note of the ones that never seem to list anything you submit and pass them over for future submissions.

Remember to watch for pure text links, not script generated links. Script generated links do nothing for you, unless it’s a high traffic site that will direct some traffic to you. Also niche directories are great to work with regardless of the links they provide, they can usually provide targeted visitors.

Keep track of where you submit and the date you submitted so you don’t over-submit or harrass a directory that already has you listed! You can use a spreadsheet, or just cut and paste the links in a text editor and add the date. This also helps you monitor the directories and wipe them off your submit list if they don’t seem to list anything.

Keep your eyes out for directory lists, they can really provide some well hidden golden directories. Here’s my list that I monitor regularly (you’ll find this on my bookmark page too):


Mix up your anchor text and descriptions wherever possible. Many directories will only allow the site title, but try using different title descriptions where allowed. Having a variety of words in your text links does help in the SERPs.

Try setting a weekly goal for yourself. If you keep it up, you’ll have hundreds of links pointing to you in just a few, short months.