Merry Christmas and all that!

Hope you all had a great Christmas and enjoying the holidays. The pictures are probably of most interest to friends and family but take a peek at what I have been up to recently if you want.

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I am off camping on a beach for New Years Eve which I am looking forward to before getting down to some serious web work in the New Year.

I am going to be focusing on the mobile web and creating a few sites that will have mobile Adsense on which should be interesting. I believe now is the time to focus on the mobile platform!

Happy New Year to you all!

Working Nomad Ebook Affiliate Scheme is live

I have at last set up an affiliate scheme for my successful ebook called ‘How I did it’ and being the generous bugger that I am I am offering %50 commission on sales!

So here are some of the features of the scheme.

> 50% commission rate and open to everyone! (US$ 9.00 per sale to you)

> Easy set up and management via e-junkie website

> Full reports and tracking

> Payment by Paypal paid to you monthly

So if you are interested in making some money then check out my affiliate sign up page below…

http://www.workingnomad.com/ebook/affiliate.htm&quot

Merry xmas to you all!

Diversify and then diversify again

So December has hit me quite hard in the income stakes, although things have picked up a little. The days of $10,000 a month seem a long time ago!

My traffic to sites have been steady but a number of affiliate schemes that I promote have moved the goalposts and slashed commissions. I have come to rely on these schemes recently and now paying a little for not diversifying more.

In the early days all my sites were travel focused but about a year ago I decided to move into other areas which was a smart thing looking back. My problem is that I have not further diversified.

So I urge people to take diversification seriously if they want to maintain a web income. Things change fast and the best protection is to spread the risk.

How much is your site worth to advertisers?

I have a steady stream of enquiries now regarding direct advertising on my sites. This is all good but I often find myself not knowing where to pitch my rates.

I have been thinking for a while about creating a rate card for individual sites. I am wondering whether any of you guys have adopted this strategy?

So how do you value your site? I guess the value must be derived from these factors…

– How many impressions do you get on the page?
– What is your market and what is the value of the keywords?
– How large is the advertising space?

So one of my challenges is to come up with some sort of guide for how much you should be charging an advertiser.

I believe a lot of folk who are new to this game are giving away advertising space at well under the market value, simply because they are afraid to ask for more.

If anyone else has a guide they use for calculating rates then I’d be interested in taking a peek.