dotrim Safelist Rankings V2.0

Posted by Neville on June 1, 2013 under How To, List, Resources, Reviews, Traffic, Training | 2 Comments to Read

Enhanced Report

The latest dotrim Safelist Efficiency rankings now have an extra element, Conversions.

A promotion in safelists is aimed at achieving a particular purpose. That could be on of a range of outcomes such as

  • Branding: Getting you name and profile out there.
  • List Building: Getting new leads.
  • Referrals: To an opportunity or service.
  • Sales: Affiliate or direct sales.
  • Or a combination of these.

Now that the ranking list has matured a little, been promoted in safelist mailings and created several new leads for a newsletter, Conversions are now included as a factor for determining which safelists or mailers appear on the list and the order in which they appear.

To be shown on the list, Conversions (submitted list sign up forms) from a mailout to members of that safelist must have been recorded in the tracking stats.

Now, as well as giving an indication of where to put effort in clicking for credits, the dotrim Safelist Ranking list provides pointers to safelists that have yielded results for the effort in building those credits and then mailing out to members.

The aim is to provide relevant information to help you decide which mailers will work for you.

Some pojnts to remember:

  1. The list is not exhaustive. There are hundreds of safelists and mailers, and it seems, new ones each day. Do not restrict yourself to those on the list.
  2. My results may not be the same  as yours. These results are based on promoting the ranking page, and the list sign up form. Your promotions will be different. (Unless you want to promote the rankings! Now that’s another thing to consider.)
  3. The Views per email opened are based on Free or basic upgrades. By taking upgrades to safelists and mailers you will generally not need to spend as much time opening emails for credits.

I hope you find the rankings useful. They are certainly helping me to understand the importance of tracking results, and then acting upon what is discovered.

If you have any suggestions for future revisions of the rankings feel free to suggest them as comments.




The 10K Challenge

Posted by Neville on March 27, 2013 under How To, Resources, Reviews, Training | Comments are off for this article

A dotrim Review

The 10K challenge is an aggressive downline building program that concentrates on building traffic and commissions firstly through Safelists and List Mailers and then funneling members into some reliable established programs.

The program claims that by consistently working 35 minutes per day and performing delegated tasks it is possible for a member to earn as much as $10000 per month.

My first reaction was one of skepticism, but having now reviewed the material inside the member’s area and tested the program I’m impressed with its business model, integrity and vision.

Can you make $10,000 per month with it?

Well, remarkably, I believe it to be possible, but having said that, I believe that to give yourself the maximum chance with a program like this you need to tweak the marketing strategy to put the odds in your favour.

The 10K Challenge Strategy In A Nutshell.

Essentially, the10k Challenge encourages members to advertise the 10K challenge progressively across a range of List Mailers, Safelists and Text Ad Exchanges.  The program provides some quality marketing material and a couple of very useful tools . As you join more advertising resources you place your affiliate link inside the members area -so that as people you recruit follow you in, they join under you.  Its a pretty sound strategy that has been used in various formats by a variety of successful downline building programs.

The key of course is volume – you simply have to to get the 10K Challenge in front of enough eyeballs, to get sufficient people to opt in to the 10k challenge.  The program is honest  and realistic enough to acknowledge this  and sets a  target of 400 visitors to the affiliate landing page per day.
Now to put everything in context – some safelist mailers have very low click through rates (as low as 0.1% of emails sent. That’s 10 visitors for every 10000 mails sent), while the very good ones can have click through rates as high as 2 or even 3% – that’s 200 to 300 visitors per 100000 emails sent.

Lets be honest.  Getting 400 visitors per day to an affiliate landing page using Safelist traffic is a tough ask for the average online marketer – halving that ratio would make the whole thing  much more achievable and I believe that there are ways of doing that – these are covered in the strategy section below.

10K Challenge strengths

      • The 10K Challenge is well put together – the training is clear and direct.
      • The programs recommended are all reputable and established.
      • There are a lot of promo codes to claim free advertising with- these alone are worth joining for
      • There are strategies presented for managing the flood of emails.
      • There are some handy tools and little known programs that will assist with your advertising.
      • The business model is sound.


10 K Challenge Weaknesses

Firstly, let me state that no program created is perfect – all strategies have inbuilt weaknesses – being aware of what they are and turning them to our advantage can be the difference between success and failure.

      • By and large the 10K challenge weaknesses are easily catered for.  Essentially everything revolves around the strategy of promoting the 10K challenge affiliate program up front.  I understand why program owners do this – most people are quite content to promote a program directly because its easy. But in doing so the affiliate becomes enslaved in the constant promotion and branding of a program that they have no ownership of – essentially when you promote any program on a mass advertising site like safelist, text ad exchanges or Traffic Exchanges you become involved in a great big lottery as viewers become aware of the program over time and then randomly join an affiliate that just happens to be in front of them. That’s no way to run an advertising campaign.
      • The other weakness that stands out is that everyone is encouraged to market the same program to the same advertising channels.  This could and probably will cause program fatigue in a relatively short space of time. Both of these weaknesses can be overcome with a little effort


Down line builders can be quite a lucrative way to build an online business – this particular downline builder has the potential to be profitable very quickly.
If you sign up for the 10K challenge and work exactly as directed and stick to the task at hand you will be successful over time – but it will be a pretty hard road.
Here is my suggested strategy to make the 10Kchallenge work- please read this in its entirety as I am making a partnership offer at the end of this.

      • Join the 10Kchallenge today and start working through the daily tasks – but do not promote the 10K challenge directly
      • Create a short report (something like this) that you can give away to people recommending the 10Kchallenge
      • Create a squeeze page that you can begin building your own subscriber list with – offering an in depth report on the 10K challenge.
      • Start promoting your squeeze page.
      • Checkout the latest data for the safelists that dotrim has been tracking, and join up to 5 (more if you are happy to do so) of these that are not on the 10K Challenge downline builder. Advertise your squeeze page in those safelists.

If you are an experienced marketer you will be able to implement this strategy yourself, however, less experienced marketers may find this strategy a little to intimidating.

The dotrim 10K Challenge Partnership Offer

If you elect to join the 10K partnership under me I will give you all the support and training required to make the 10K challenge strategy work for you including,

      • Squeeze Page templates
      • Recommended follow up letters
      • Skype assistance for you and your downline
      • Some key advertising resources.
      • Re-branded report provided for you.

Come and check out the 10k challenge today – it costs nothing to look.

Travel With Friends

Posted by Neville on February 24, 2013 under How To, List, Resources, Training | Comments are off for this article

Travelling Companions.

It is possible to take the journey to Prosperity alone but that excursion becomes much more enjoyable when you take others with you. So gather some friends and take them on the journey with you. They will appreciate it and you will gain much from sharing that journey.

These travelling buddies can

  1. be company for you on those long and lonely stretches.
  2. share expenses, or contribute to the costs,
  3. provide advice based on their experiences,
  4. share the load. If you train them well they can help with driving,
  5. bring their friends along for the ride too.

If you choose your travelling companions they can also help with any maintenance and service issues that are necessary on the journey. Yes, you can call into service points along the way, but if you have fellow travellers who have the right tools and the right experience, you time off the road can be kept to a minimum, helping to get you to your destination sooner.

How’s The Trip?

Posted by Neville on February 23, 2013 under How To, List, Resources, Training | Comments are off for this article

Monitoring Progress

On the journey you will want to check regularly to make sure that you are heading in the right direction. You will also want to keep an eye on the budget with things like the cost of fuel and maintenance on the vehicle.

There may be checklists of places that you expect to travel through, tasks to complete along the way and people who will help you to meet the goals of your journey.

You will also need to be attentive to the road conditions. Always keep an eye out for hazards that you may encounter.

You will also want to know exactly where you are, where you have been and how you journey is progressing.
What you have done so far may affect your plans for the rest of the journey.

These things will not just happen spontaneously, and need to be checked regularly and adjustments made to the plans, and modifications to the vehicle performed to get the most out of the trip.

Driver’s Licence Essential

Posted by Neville on February 22, 2013 under List, Reviews, Training | Comments are off for this article

For The Vehicle and The Journey

The driver will have to be able to drive the vehicle and to manage the conditions of the journey. A license and extra training may be needed.

Learner driverTraining in the use of the vehicle, how to cope with different and sometimes difficult conditions is essential. Seek out the training that will prepare you for the journey.

There are at least 2 options for the training that will get you your licence.

Consider the best way to gain your licence. From an instruction manual or a personal guide.

The first is to undertake a complete training session that will teach you all of the techniques and strategies that you are likely to need on your journey. This will probably be presented in a sequence that seems most logical to the instructor, and may also include a checklist of skills, techniques and tasks to be completed before moving on to the next.

For many people this way of learning to gain a licence will be perfectly adequate, especially if along the way you take notes or are provided with an instruction manual.

The other option is to complete that various sections of training as they are needed. This way the learning you do is fresh and relevant at the time. It requires that the instructor is available to work with you when you need the help, but because the learning you are doing is related to what you need to know at the time, the learning is likely to be effective.

So when seeking out the instruction you need for driving your vehicle and the conditions under which you will drive it, choose the best style of instruction that suits you. Or even choose a combination of styles.



The Right Equipment

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For The Vehicle

Your vehicle needs to have the right equipment to function properly.

Your journey is going to rely on the vehicle that you are driving being able to take you there.

Make sure that everything is working well and the engine is tuned up for the best performance. What about tires, brakes and fuel pumps, for example? Should they fail you will could be stranded.

More Mysteries of Brand Pages Unlocked

Posted by Neville on December 27, 2012 under Resources | Comments are off for this article

No Blank Tabs Please

How to fill the tabs on a Brand Page.

The Recent News Tab:
This part of a Brand Page is generated from the Social Media Profiles that are submitted when creating it. For this reason it is important that the profiles used are related to the Brand, and not personal or non-brand related.

This may require the creation and management of things like a new page in facebook, a brand-related Twitter account and other features in any social media that can be linked to the brand.
Another aspect to consider for this tab is the RSS feed. If the content of the site from which the feed comes is limited to discussions, reviews, etc about the brand that looks much better on the Brand Page than material that is not related.

Discipline and forward planning are going to help create a Recent News page that showcases a Brand. Since this is the first page that a visitor to a Brand Page usually goes, the important first impression is formed right there.

Web News/PR Release

Fill this page with content that complements and enhances the brand. Treat theme as a Press Release, or even include any that have been published elsewhere.

This a great space to include articles and review of  the brand, to help readers of the Brand Page relate to that brand.

To add content to this tab, admins can click the Edit Page, and select Edit Webs from the left sidebar menu.

When adding content to this tab these 3 things will be required:

  • Provide the link to the article, PR or review etc.
  • Use the Brand Name in the Title of the content to be added or in H1 or H2 headline tags. This is very important. If the Brand Name is not found in the page title or headline tags, the link will not be accepted for inclusion.
  • Add  a short description to introduce readers to the content and encourage them to click the link to open and read it.

Having trouble with this process? dotrim Brand Page Service is there to help.



This aspect (and those below) will be written about soon. I just wanted to get this post started and out there.



A Beginners Guide To Blogging – Video Course

Posted by Neville on July 20, 2012 under Blogging, Reviews, Training | Comments are off for this article

Updated BaB Video Course

Setting up a blog is much easier than a lot of people make it out to be. However, there’s so much information out there that it can seem quite daunting to a beginner. I started blogging with help from the free videos that the first Become A Blogger course provided, and the Become A Bloggervery comprehensive Blog MasterMind course by Yaro Starak.  Now Yaro and Gideon Shalwick have combined with Leslie Samuel to produce a revised and updated Become A Blogger video course.

Well, I know these guys will have  made it really simple.  They have put together a video training program that has been used by many successful bloggers to get their blog up and running.

To make it better, they have a set of 10 Free videos available where you get to watch Leslie as he sets up a blog from scratch, and it is done in such an easy way that anyone can follow.

Those free videos have been downloaded over 250,000 times – that’s enough proof for me that when these guys speak, people stop what they’re doing, and listen.

It’s no secret that Yaro makes a VERY comfortable living from his blog. Gideon is the king of Video Blogging, and Leslie has also been able to accomplish BIG things with his blog (it even landed him a job as a University Professor in a doctoral program).

Leslie’s the one who actually leads out with the free videos and has set it up as one of the training programs where you can ask questions and get answers, so I know you will enjoy it.

But really, you should check it out for yourself.

10 Free Videos to introduce Become A Blogger 2.

CSS Photo Album

Posted by Neville on July 14, 2012 under How To | Comments are off for this article

Interactive Photo Album

Have you ever been away on a trip and come back with a heap of photos that you meant to put in an album, and just didn’t get time to do that. Then they all ended up being thrown into the album loose. And you had intended to come back and sort them out.

What happened when you wanted to show them to your friends? They were still not sorted and you had an even better time sorting them out and passing them around for everyone to look at and comment. Grey Nomad Times Album

That’s what happened after our quick trip to Port Lincoln and back a few weeks ago. I had a lot of photos and just didn’t get around to adding them to my Grey Nomad Times site. So I just dumped them in there and now you can sort them out the way you like.

Well, not really. Actually, with the help of a little CSS and Javascript I now have a place where I can store some photos, and then move them around any way that I like. You can too! Why not have a go, and tell me what you think.I might even be able to share with you how to do that on your site!


Designing A Text Button For Linking

Posted by Neville on July 7, 2012 under Blogging, How To | Comments are off for this article

More CSS Styling

It’s been some time since the previous post, so now is the time to get back to some tips for adding features to a blog (or indeed any other site).

Making A Button Without Using An Image

Buttons and badges that you see  on blogs and websites are used to attract readers to click and be sent to another site. Most of these are images that are stored either on the site owner’s host or some other place on the web. To display that image requires the browser to download it from there, which has the potential to slow down the loading of the page on which is displayed.

Cascading Style SheetCSS (Cascading Style Sheet) styling can be used to remove the need to make that call to the retrieve the image. Thus making the loading of the page just a little more efficient. The time difference may not be significant, but for a site with many such calls for external links it can be helpful in speeding up the loading of the page.

Another benefit of using CSS coding for a button like the example in this post is that the code can be adapted easily to change the appearance or the text on the button without having to use a graphics application to edit it and then upload the edited button.

Get a Button Like this.

This simple button uses CSS and if you click the link it will take you to a service that gives you the opportunity to get the code to build your own button for your site(s).

Get Your Own Button