Share Your Best Blog Post of the Week – Week 1

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I love reading blogs – I love sharing blog posts that are interesting and I love spreading the love to other bloggers who work so hard to deliver their message to the world.

Show off your favorite post of the week. Any blog post – Any topic!

Leave a link in the comments below.

In each future “Share Your Favorite Blog Post” event, we will feature our favorites from the prior event.

Invite your blogging friends to participate! If you can make a point to visit and share from the list, it will make this event much more successful.

So what are you waiting for? Share a link and share the love!

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Getting Personal – How I Have Changed

When the student is ready the teacher will appear

As many of you know, in September I began working with AffiliateManager.com as an Affiliate Relations Manager and Blogger Liaison. Basically that means, I (and other ARMs) scour the Internet looking for blogs that might benefit from affiliate partnerships with select merchants. I reach out to the blogger to make an introduction and encourage them to join programs that would compliment their content and be of interest to their readers.

As a blogger liaison, I serve the blogging community by offering up 15 years experience as an affiliate marketer and blogger in order to help optimize and monetize their own blogs, in hopes they will experience the levels of success I have been so blessed with over the years. I was very blessed and fortunate to raise my twin boys, as a single mom, working from home! I feel it is my “calling” to pay forward, the knowledge and experiences I have been blessed with – in hopes that other parents can afford a life that lets them be a parent first. I never missed a ball game or class party. I was there when my kids were sick and most importantly, I NEVER missed those precious moments when priceless memories were made.

When the Student is Ready, a Teacher Will Appear

Now, I am a firm believer that when a student is ready, a teacher will appear. I have learned so much over my 15 years of working online – and I continue to learn, every single day. When I find myself struggling, a teacher always appears. It may not be a person, it may not be a book – sometimes it’s in the form of a simple lesson or experience that teaches me to be better at what I am trying to accomplish. Sometimes, though, it’s in the form of a simple email from a little angel, saying exactly what I need to hear to keep pushing forward.

When AffiliateManager.com offered me a job, I was SO excited! I was going to be able to help far more people, working for a larger company, than I could ever do on my own. What I didn’t realize was, while helping others, I would learn a valuable lesson myself.

How I Have Changed

I can’t tell you HOW many days I would look at my personal email and delete most emails without even reading them. What I didn’t realize is, sometimes, there is a LOT of effort that goes into some of those emails – Someone, some where, took a great deal of time to find my blogs, get to know ME through my blog, and then compose an email to share an opportunity that might add to my affiliate income.

There are some days I feel so overwhelmed by a need to reach a certain goal and with the large numbers of emails I send, I simply can’t stand the thought of sending one more email. BUT – that has changed.

Now, I open my emails – I read them and if I see that the sender has invested time in me, I do my BEST to respond – even if it’s to offer a very polite decline. Most of the time though, I at least offer them the option to provide me with a bit of content I can share on their behalf.

I know now, what goes into their efforts. I know their efforts go FAR beyond sending me an introductory email. I know they have logged my name and email address, and that their own sense of success is based on whether I respond or not.

Are we ever SO busy that we can’t add a little validation to someone?

Read Before Delete

Simply blowing them off or deleting their email is not an option. Sure, if it’s obviously a cut and paste email or some canned response that goes out to anyone and everyone – I will send a similar response to let them know I am not interested – but at least I respond. Now, I can’t stand the thought of my blog, name and email hanging in a spreadsheet with an empty space, that is, somehow, a reflection on the abilities of another human being.

Sometimes, All You Have to do is Ask

I’ve been an affiliate marketer for MANY years – but I NEVER knew there were such hard working people behind those programs that are Really anxious to provide me with the support, assistance and tools I need to make my efforts an even bigger success.

As an example, there was a new account manager that took over one of my affiliate partnerships. By simply asking for her help, she scoured one of my blogs and gave me feedback on pages, topics and banner placement I should use. When I thought about it, I realized NO ONE is going to know what works with that program better than she does. She sees all the affiliates, their efforts, their sites and the profits they generate. She was a plethora of knowledge just waiting to be tapped.

I asked!

She responded!

My income from that partnership more than doubled in that first month.

The Lesson

So much has changed since I began working with AffiliateManager, but I am happy to say, the biggest change that has taken place, is in me!

Although I work remotely, AffiliateManager has done an amazing job of building a staff of amazing, hardworking and supportive people. Anyone who has a website that promotes affiliate programs would be crazy not to partner with a team that really has their back.

Unfortunately, I can’t have it both ways. I either work with them, or for them. I can promise you, if I were not working for them – I would work WITH them.

 

Gayla

 

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Scammers Claiming to Represent Advance America Target Maine Consumers

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SPARTANBURG, S.C., Nov. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Advance America, a national provider of payday loans and other financial services, has recently become aware of a new wave of scams targeting consumers in Maine. These scam artists, posing as Advance America representatives to collect money from unsuspecting consumers, are in no way affiliated with the company. Due to state regulations, Advance America does not currently offer payday loans to Maine residents.

Over the past few weeks, in particular, scammers have contacted Maine residents claiming that they have been pre-approved for a loan, and then asking them to purchase a prepaid debit card or wire money as a “processing fee” or “good faith deposit.” In other cases, scammers seek to collect on “unpaid” payday loan debt, often threatening arrest or legal action or demanding personal financial information over the phone. Scammers have gone as far as sending residents fraudulent loan documents using the Advance America logo.   

“Scammers often use the reputation of a legitimate, respected business to con victims out of their money,” said Patrick O’Shaughnessy, president and CEO of Advance America. “Legitimate payday lenders such as Advance America are highly regulated at both the state and federal level and will never use the kind of fraudulent and illegal tactics employed by scam artists.”

Advance America urges consumers to identify the warning signs of financial fraud and follow these tips for avoiding payday loan and debt collection scams. If individuals suspect being scammed, they should report it immediately to local law enforcement and to the lender that the scammer claims to represent. If you’ve been contacted by someone claiming to represent Advance America, please call 888-310-4238.

Learn the signs of a scam

Federal law strictly regulates how real bill collectors and loan agents can do business. The federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) specifically prohibits debt collectors from being abusive, unfair or deceptive in trying to collect a debt. The law specifically says debt collectors cannot threaten consumers with arrest or jail time if they don’t pay their bill. If someone claims you will face criminal prosecution unless you immediately wire them money, it’s almost certainly a scam.

Scammers may also claim that you have been pre-approved for a loan, and then require you to purchase a prepaid debit card or wire money as a “processing fee” or “good faith deposit.” Others may really be identity thieves out to get your personal or financial information.

How to Avoid Scams:

In addition to understanding how lenders and bill collectors can operate, consumers should also take steps to protect themselves, including:

  • Never give personal information such as your Social Security number or bank account information online or over the phone without verifying that you are working with a legitimate lender or bill collector. To verify, call the establishment back using a known number, such as the number listed on your statement or on the back of your credit/debit card.
  • Be suspicious of any email with urgent requests for personal financial information. If an email demands immediate action or makes upsetting or exciting false statements, it’s likely a scam.
  • Verify company licenses when applying for a loan online. Legitimate lenders will display state licenses on their websites to verify that they are full-service, licensed lenders complying with state and federal laws.
  • Never wire money or provide prepaid debit card information to a lender claiming you have been pre-approved for a loan and must make an initial payment as a “show of good faith.” Legitimate lenders do not offer approvals prior to application and do not require good faith deposits.
  • Keep anti-virus, anti-malware, and spam email protection software up to date on all your computing devices.
  • Maintain a record of all outstanding debt, and include lender contact information.
  • Regularly check your bank, credit and debit card statements to ensure there are no unauthorized transactions. Likewise, check your credit report (using Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion) every four months on a rotating basis; credit reports are often one of the first places where signs of identity theft or fraud will appear.
  • If someone approaches you claiming you owe them a debt, demand they provide written proof of the debt as the law requires – especially if it’s for a charge you don’t recognize.

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