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Governor Pat Quinn Destroys 20,000 plus Jobs In Illinois with New Law

Gov Quinn Destroys 20,000 JobsGovernor Pat Quinn and the democrat party of Illinois, and the people who have voted for these idiots, have singled handedly destroyed 20,000 and more jobs for Illinoisans.

The governor, who wasn’t going to raise taxes more than 1% is acting as a tin horn dictator by killing more than 20,000 jobs of hard working Illinois residents.

Governor Quinn and the democrats of Illinois have passed a bill and Quinn signed the bill that has caused the Book Sales giant Amazon.com to terminate more than 20,000 Amazon Affiliates in Illinois. An Amazon affiliate is someone who builds websites and sells amazon products on their websites. Some people can make a lot of money, some make enough money to make a car payment. For some Illinois residents who are disabled, Amazon’s affiliate program gives them hope of developing an income and providing for themselves.

The fact is, these idiots who run the government of Illinois  and who have run the government of Illinois into literal bankruptcy have killed this source of income for over 20,000 residents of Illinois. The governor and is team of idiots haven’t hurt Amazon one bit, they haven’t increased their income one bit by passing this law because Amazon simply closed its affiliate program to Illinois residents.

All these morons have done is taken a big hunk of cash out of the economy of Illinois. Lets say these 20,000 make an average of $10,000 a year, which is very low. That’s 20,000 spending $200,000,000 a year in Illinois. Quinn with the stroke of a pen took $200,000,000 out of the economy. That means these Amazon affiliates won’t be buying cars from your car dealers, won’t buy boats from your boat dealerships, won’t buy clothes from your stores, won’t stop by your restaurants and on and on. That means Illinois won’t be able to collect income tax on $200,000,000 …..yep, brilliant move guys.

Governor Quinn and the democrats of Illinois have just added another 20,000 to the government teat. How many of those 20,000 will sign up for food stamps. How many will apply for some sort of government assistance. Oh, let’s not forget, the Illinois democrat party also did Obama a favor by adding to his unemployed numbers.

First Quinn targets the business community in general by raising taxes to the highest in the county. He chases out those who build businesses and hire residents of Illinois. Quinn kills jobs by the thousands. Now Governor Quinn targets a specific industry ….and let’s be clear, he really is targeting a specific company…Amazon. Is that fair? Is it morally right? How can this be legal?

These guys should take IQ tests before they’re allowed to run for office!

The democrats of Illinois, of which Quinn is one, claim they are for the people. Tell me, how can they be for the people when they are raising taxes, passing laws that chase away business, target individual businesses and business models and ultimately take away jobs from the working people of Illinois.

Governor Quinn is an immoral, unprincipled man. He lied to the citizens and voters of Illinois to get elected. He even reneged on a wager he made with the Governor of Wisconsin in the Packers vs. Bears game last year. Quinn was supposed to work at a soup kitchen if the Bears lost…..well the Bears lost and Quinn just couldn’t be bothered to pay up….. you see, he was too busy conjuring up plans to screw the fine citizens of Illinois.

Governor Quinn….. you are a liar, a failure as governor and an embarrassment to the people of Illinois! Thank you for taking my job from me!

The folks at Affiliate Tip blog bring some clarity to this idiocy and declaration of war against Illinois Businesses

The hostile signal from Governor Quinn came by signing HB 3659 into law, which forces out-of-state retailers to collect Illinois state sales tax for Internet sales, based on the view that affiliate marketers constitute a tax nexus for the retailers.

Brian Littleton, founder and CEO of Chicago-based ShareASale, an affiliate marketing network that will see a huge negative impact from this legislation, had this to say…

“Let us remember that the reason the bill was written was to collect revenue for the State of Illinois. This bill does the opposite.

Because out-of-state retailers – and we are not talking about just Amazon – but any and all retailers can simply terminate their affiliate programs in Illinois, thus removing themselves from this bill’s grasp, no revenue will be collected. That means no revenue, lost contracts for Illinois businesses, lost jobs in Illinois.

It is entirely unfortunate that the Federal government has not acted on this issue as everyone on all sides of this issue knows that it is truly a problem that only the Federal government can solve. Unfortunately, Governor Quinn jumped the gun on this. Despite the fact that we’ve been in communication with Senator Durbin’s office, who indicated that this exact issue would be considered during this session – the Governor’s early action will make that all moot as the damage will already have been done in Illinois.

As we speak, Illinois affiliate marketers are being forced to pack up their businesses and move to another state. Through a bill, which started with a lack of understanding, and finished with poor judgment – Governor Quinn has spoken unequivocally that the growing, innovative, job-creating industry known as affiliate marketing is entirely unwelcome in Illinois. Where we were once poised to become the “Silicon Valley” of the Midwest, we are now forced to look to other states. We have confirmed that neighboring state Governors and Lt. Governors have been in direct contact in an attempt to woo affiliate marketers to their borders.

Governor Quinn has instead decided to side with big-box retailers – those who destroyed main street in the first place – in an issue of “fairness”. This bill helps Walmart, Target, K-Mart etc… this bill does not help Ma and Pa booksellers who were simply being used by the big-box retailers to put a better face on the issue. When this bill becomes a law in July of 2011… there will be no increased revenue for Ma and Pa on Main St.; there will be no more people shopping on Main St. as opposed to online; and there will be no more a fair level playing field for Ma and Pa than there was prior to this bill. Unfortunately, the big-box retailers have fooled Ma and Pa into thinking that they are on the same side – when, in fact, they never will be.

The irony is that during his last budget address, the ink still not dry, Governor Quinn setup a Technology Council designed to foster growth in the growing Tech community of Illinois. Unfortunately, the very first thing he did was pass a bill that a) isn’t fair, b) doesn’t create any revenue for Illinois, and c) kills job growth in an industry that he wished to grow.

Here are two critical things that have to happen now.

  1. The State of Illinois Dept. of Revenue MUST setup a mechanism to track new revenue coming in from this bill on July 1st. If the Dept. of Revenue fails to do this, it will be an irresponsible lack of action – piling on to the already devastating loss of jobs in Illinois.
  2. The Federal government, specifically in Illinois the office of Senator Dick Durbin must take great care in looking at this issue – as there is still time before July 1st where he can save the State of Illinois from the unfortunate actions of the Governor.

Fairness? What is fair about eliminating a whole bunch of jobs in Illinois.

Here’s how this goes:

  • The bill passes.
  • Amazon terminates affiliates.
  • Other merchants do the same.
  • Affiliate-powered businesses large and small are decimated.

No revenue is collected, Ma and Pa are still being hammered by big-box retailers, and nobody benefits.

Tell me. How is that fair?

How to Compare Affiliate Marketing with Other Jobs

affiliate marketing themeMany newcomers to online marketing like to compare affiliate marketing with other strategies for making money. The draw of affiliate marketing is strong, especially if you are new and have no product or service of your own to sell. You can just go to one of the many affiliate networks (like Clickbank, Commission Junction, Amazon, or any of the CPA networks, just to name a few), sign up for the product you want to promote, and get started. There is no investment necessary, and your salespage is already prepared for you. Also, many merchants offer support for their affiliates.

Another big advantage of affiliate marketing is that you don’t need to keep inventory. And if you use Clickbank as your affiliate network, there really is no inventory to store anyway because its products are mainly digital. This is also something to keep in mind for if and when you do want to create your own digital product.

Perhaps one of the biggest appeals of affiliate marketing is that the sky is the limit in terms of how much you can earn. The more you sell, the more you earn, and no one or nothing can cap your earnings, unless, of course, you do something that is unethical or illegal.

You are your own boss when you become a full-time affiliate marketer. You have no one to answer to but yourself. And you can team up with other like-minded individuals in order to pump up your sales and knowledge. When you compare affiliate marketing to a nine-to-five job, the biggest feature that sticks out is that you can work from anywhere, anytime. All you need is a high speed internet connection.

So these are some of the reasons that so many people want to at least try affiliate marketing. However, if you have dreams of making millions, or even thousands, or even hundreds of dollars overnight, then you need a reality check right now. Being successful at affiliate marketing requires quite a bit of learning. While there is no investment needed to start promoting affiliate products, you will need to invest in some sort of training and tools to help you in your endeavor. Also, while you will find lots of ads that promote affiliate marketing as a job that you only need to do a couple of hours a day, or even a couple of hours a week, this is not how it works in the beginning. While you can definitely start your affiliate marketing career training on a part-time basis, you will need to put in just as much, if not more, time and effort “on the job” as you would in a traditional company.

When you compare affiliate marketing with other jobs, you will also see that the field is very competitive. If you put in the training, time and effort to succeed in this business, you will have a very lucrative future.

Review of WP Robot Autoblogging WordPress Plugin

I’ve used many autoblogging scripts, software and wordpress plugins over the last couple of years and if you search this blog for autoblogging, autoblog, autopost or autoposting you’ll find some informative posts on autoblogging. I’ve become somewhat of an autoblogging afficiando, so I thought I’d do a pre-Review of WP Robot just to get the information out there for anyone who is interesting in learning more about autoblogging or autoposting.

I’ve discovered one of the most important features of any autoposter is the ability to randomize and customize the post. The purpose is this is to create content that isn’t just duplicate content, your blog will do much better with unique one of a kind content and that can be accomplished by adding to, changing or subtracting from any autoblogged content. Some of the standard autoposters work with the following sources of content:

  • plr articles
  • ebay
  • amazon
  • clickbank
  • datafeeds
  • rss
  • reprint articles
  • images such as Flickr
  • public domain content
  • plr ebooks
  • youtube
  • yahoo answers

There are many more sources of content that can be autoposted and as time goes on creative minds find new sources of content to use for autoposting along with new methods of autoposting. The methods and means of autoblogging are only getting better and better.

autoblogging or autoposting wordpress plugin

autoblogging or autoposting wordpress plugin

Recently I ran into a new and powerful Autoblogging WordPress Plugin called WP Robot. I hope to have a copy soon, however, let me tell you want the plugin claims to be able to do.

First, let me clear something up. You might be wondering, “Why is Scott telling me about a plugin he hasn’t even used?”  That’s a good question. First let me tell you there is a free version of WP Robot and I wanted anyone who was interested in autoblogging not to be limited by the lack of funds…..you can try it out with the free version of WPRobot and you can even start making some cash with it. Secondly, I believe this WP Robot is one of the most complete Autoposting plugins available yet!

Most autoblogging scripts or plugins come with the ability to post from one source, some even give you a couple of sources but I have not run into any that can create posts from 7 or 8 different sources and allows you to mix up the posts.

You should also know there are several different licenses available. Anything from a common ebay module to a developers license for the entire set of modules.

Wp Robot is set up with different modules. Each module can run by itself or you can purchase the entire set of modules. The modules are as follows:

Amazon Module
Article Module
eBay Module
Clickbank Module
Yahoo Answers Module
Translation Module
Flickr Image Module

Although I don’t have the full version yet, based on what I’ve read it appears as though this set of modules can be edited and configured to post in very unique and different ways. This is a big benefit for anyone who is an autoposter because no 2 posts will ever be the same. For anyone who fears the duplicate content penalty, this should make them very comfortable. Also, the posts can be configured so that it is next to impossible for the Google spiders to tell where and how the content was imported and assembled. This means the fear of your site being de-indexed is next to zero!

I. Amazon WP Robot AutoBlogger Module

Let’s take a little closer look at some of the modules the can be included in the wprobot plugin. Starting with the Amazon Module.

The Amazon Module lets you pull in any product that is sold on Amazon, plus you can add the reviews that people post on Amazon as additional content in the form of comments to your blog post. This is an excellent way to get unique content on your blog. Here are some of the features:a

-user defined keyword determines which products are selected
-works with Amazon’s affiliate program earning you cash with every purchase
-this is really cool….you can show different information in each of your amazon blog posts such as product description, images, feature lists, reviews, number of reviews, product rating and of course the price. Add all of these or pick only 1….very cool for creating unique content
-if you want the full Amazon Description, it’s possible to scrape the entire description with would include tables and images and place in your blog post
-its unique because you can work with all international versions of Amazon
-you can completely customize the template for your Amazon posts

Consider some of these Testimonies

“WP Robot is an incredible tool for webmasters. I use it on several sites and have seen an increase in traffic and profits. One site went from $0 to an average of $5.00 a day in google adsense. I would recommend this tool to anyone with a WP blog. ”
— by Lonnie Kunkel from Website Development and Graphic Design

“I’ve been using WP Robot since it’s release and I must admit I have been hugely impressed by this plugin and highly recommend buying it. I have also recommended this to several friends. Thanks guys this has already saved my tons of work on my blogs. regards Steve”
— by Stephen Hawkins from Traffic Mystic – Web Traffic Strategies

“The only reason any one would say anything bad about WP Robot, is because they don’t want other website owners to get their hands on this amazing tool. I invested in the highest version and the results have been undeniably empowering for all my blogs.”
— by Star Riley from Support Local Business

II. Article AutoPosting Module

The Article Module will pull in and add a complete article based on your specific keyword

The articles come from 2 big article directories and select an article from the 1000’s of available articles. You can use several languages. Create your own template from the templating system. You can control whether or not you want to conform to the TOS of the article directory by including the author’s box or not! A handful of other options available.

III. eBay AutoBlogging Module

Pulling in ebay auctions is nothing new for autoblogging. However, the way WP Robot does it is very different! There’s a feature called MIX Feature which allows you to put ebay auctions into your other posts created by wp robot and just increases your chances of monetizing a blog post.

Here’s a list of features from the salespage of wp robot:

* Create good-looking eBay auction posts on any keywords you want.
* Earn money for any sale you refer through the eBay affiliate program.
* Add up to 6 different auctions to a single post.
* Select which eBay website to use (i.e. ebay,com, ebay.co.uk, ebay.de, etc)
* Editable post template and many other options, i.e. for better sorting and targeting results.
* MIX feature: Add auctions to posts created by any of WP Robot’s other modules via the templating system.

IV. Clickbank AutoPosting Module

Clickbank gets more powerful and diverse every day. Clickbank makes a lot of people (affiliates) a lot of money and WP Robot allows you to drip feed posts with Clickbank products into your wordpress blog posts. The template feature is a power method of creating unique blog posts and helps make these Clickbank ads different than any other you might see. The best part of the Clickbank AutoBlogging Module is that the folks at WP Robot offer this module for FREE!!

V. Yahoo Answers AutoBlog Module

Yahoo Answers can be an excellent source of subject related content for any blog. The way that content is pulled into your blog and formatted is what can make a difference on whether someone reads your post or skips past it and how it is interpreted by the search engines and indexing spiders. WP Robot allows you to post your questions and answers in different languages. You can zoom into any niche or topic by choosing targetd questions from YA. Filter your results by categories along with an entire list of options that can be uniquely customized.

VI. YouTube AutoPost Module

Google still goes nuts over video and adding Youtube videos to your blog can really turn it into a traffic magnet. Videos really do add to the stickiness of your blog, I know that I’ve personally been stopped by videos and watched videos from different blog posts even if I had no intention of staying at a site….the videos kept me there. WP Robot adds the comments from Youtube which creates additional content because they become comments on your site. You can limit and pull the videos according to language. Once again, the template system allows you to create something unique, vary the size of the videos, which videos are displayed according to keyword and how they are displayed.

VII. Translation Auto-Posting Module

There’s a whole section on the WP Robot site for the translation module. This can be a very powerful feature because it works with the other modules translating them into other languages. Check out the details on the site for more info.

VIII. Flickr Image Auto-Blogging Module

Images are really cool. I design website templates, headers, ebook covers and software boxes….there’s nothing like an appropriate image to draw attention, create stopping power and motivate a website visitor to make a purchase…..so, I’m loving this Flickr Image Autoposting Module!  If you want to increase the stickiness of a blog post….add an image! With this module you can add images to your posts or create an entire blog of images.

Once again, the MIX feature can work with templates and add images from Flickr to all your other modules where you are able to mix up the blog post into a completely unique combination of content….very powerful!

Here’s a the feature list as posted on the WP Robot Site:

* Post images on any topic to your weblog on autopilot!
* Uses the official Flickr API (a API key is necessary to use this module).
* Create posts exactly like you want them to look with the templating option.
* Many customizable options, including choice of image size, licensing and sort mode.
* MIX feature: Add images to posts created by any of WP Robot’s other modules via the templating system. With this powerful feature you can for example automatically add relevant thumbnails to articles posted by the article module.

Keep in mind, you can purchase a single module or you can combine modules. If you purchase all the modules you’ll qualify for a significant discount. For instance, if you wanted the Flickr Module it would only cost you $20.00 and if you wanted the Clickbank Module….guess what, it’s yours free of charge.

The folks over at WP Robot seem to have created a full featured customizable WordPress plugin that is by far the most complex autoblogging or autoposting wordpress plugin available. You get instant delivery after you purchase. There is a full money back guarantee and of course you will get full updates along with free support.

Most users will want to use this plugin for supplementing their blogs to keep them active. Some might want to create blogs entirely out of autoposted material. What I find very interesting is that the folks at WP Robot have added an Autoblogging Developers License which will allow you to build blogs and then flip them. Could keep you busy for a long time, plus, this has become very popular and profitable if sold in the right venue!

I hope to get a full package very soon. I’ll take the package for a full ride and create a couple of demo sites so you can see what is possible…..I’ll contact the folks at WP Robot and see if I can offer the site in some sort of raffle so keep your eyes peeled for a notice!

I’d really be surprised if you made it through this long post. If you did, go over to WP Robot and pick up the full package….as I write this it is on sale for a nice discount. If funds are short, grab a module or 2 and try your hand at autoblogging to give you a feel on how these plugins work. You can always grab a free version of the autoposting plugin, check out the terms at WP Robot.

Niche Marketing Tips for Successful Internet Marketing

Would you believe that it is easy to find a niche that can bring internet marketing success if you know where to look?  There is competition everywhere and if you are not doing things the proper way you will find yourself out in the cold and not able to benefit from the power of the internet marketing world. No matter how difficult it may seem, if you can follow some simple guidelines, you will find the competitive edge that is required for success. Here’s your first niche marketing tip, learn from others! Be careful though, so many marketers today have just jumped online and will parrot anything and everything they hear. These jokers have no personal experience you they want you to join their marketing lists so they can ttm-dvdpluscase250blast you day after day with one promotion after another! Before you trust someone, do a Google search on their name to see how long they’ve been around. Ask around different internet marketing forums like the Warrior Forum or Earn1Kaday to see if anyone has heard of this person. Stick with names like Jack Humphrey, Howie Schwartz or Jimmy D Brown, these guys are the superstars of Internet Marketing. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t listen to someone who isn’t highly visible….a good example would be a guy like Ed Chiasson, he can exploit a niche like no other and his tools are second to none! His program, Article Stalker, provides keyword rich content that is absolutely free and this content is needed  to keep visitors coming to your blogs and sites. However,  I highly recommend the Earn1Kaday membership/forum…. a good place to start off,  where you can learn many different business models and niches for  making money online.

The first thing that you need to do in order to be successful is to do a thorough search for a niche. There are many ways of finding a profitable niche, Niche Profit Classroom uses Amazon.com in a very effective way to determine the viability of a new niche. In fact the NPC method is so unique and but simple that you’ll wonder why you never thought of it! If I could give one niche marketing tip, I’d say, to pay attention to the numbers….numbers do not lie! Anyway, researching a particular idea can be accomplished through a variety of sources. There are books with wonderful ideas, past experience to guide you, and brainstorming some ideas and thoughts. These are just a few of the many different methods. One of the best sources however, is the internet itself and knowing how to use the information Google makes available.

Another Niche Marketing Tip involves the availability of search engines, article directories, and forums because you can maximize your results in the shortest amount of time possible. These tools can make the research process easy and efficient for you. You need to have at least some idea of what you are looking for and utilizing these tools can be invaluable to broadening your horizons and ideas.

Once you have done your research and screened the available niches, you need to pick the one that is most suitable for you. When you are choosing your niche, find one that you are passionate about, something that has meaning to you. This is an extremely important part of the decision. Passion is what makes you work on your project for hours and hours and always leaves you wanting more from it. Being passionate about your work gives you the ability to understand the whole market.

Passion is perhaps the greatest niche marketing tip because it puts you on a constant quest for every piece of knowledge that is available in your chosen field. The knowledge that you gain gives you a powerful edge over the competition. Your passion will also give your niche a personal touch. Every single person is passionate about different things. There are things that will work for some business people and not others. There should be a strong bond between you and your niche that cannot be destroyed by anyone or anything.

Another thing to keep in mind is that no one should ever try to reinvent things that are already perfected and working. There are a lot of people that try this and fail. They are able to find a niche that has great success and then they try to follow the exact steps with the false sense that this will lead them to financial freedom. It is nearly impossible to copy a niche that has had success in the past. Not having the ability to copy a niche is not saying that people cannot benefit from the success of these niches.

The ultimate niche marketing tip is the advice and encouragement for continual investment in your education….things change quick on the internet and you need to purchase and invest in your continual education. Follow those who are successful. A program like Niche Profit Classroom gives you all the tools needed define and discover a profitable niche. Earn1Kaday has a whole section of their forum dedicated to creating mini money sites which target specific profitable niche markets. In fact, Niche Profit Classroom provides every member with 2 complete niche packages a month, all the research is done, a high quality product is provided along with a special wordpress niche oriented theme. I’m so impressed with Niche Profit Classroom I’m going to keep my membership! The best way to go about this is to create a niche that works within the successful niches. There are endless possibilities in these niches if you just put some effort into it and use your imagination.