Associate Programs Newsletter #529
There's a new, free place for affiliates to post product reviews containing affiliate links.
It's called Ukritic.
It's aiming for high quality reviews, 100% original, not published elsewhere. All reviews (“Krits”) have to pass eagle-eyed moderators.
The co-founders, Chris Rempel and Matt Chitty, are watching closely to make sure you don't try any sneaky SEO tricks. They're experienced affiliate marketers so they know what to watch out for.
I tested Ukritic and found it remarkably easy to use.
But would you want to use it? That's one question I answer in my review.
I was a bit cheeky and posted my review of Ukritic on the Ukritic website itself. That flummoxed the moderators. Initially the review was rejected because Ukritic is meant to be just for reviews of “products”. However, the bosses eventually accepted my “Krit”, which is a bit critical in parts.
Since I posted the review, I've discovered a Ukritic Stats page, which shows you where traffic to your Krit is coming from. The link stats are very useful if you're organizing backlinks to your reviews.
On the main page of Ukritic – http://ukritic.com – links to reviews are displayed prominently so right now, before it gets too popular, could be a good time to post a few reviews, because they'll receive prominence without much competition.
Here's my Ukritic review…
(You can vote the review Helpful or Unhelpful, and add a comment. I'd love to see some comments.)
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Are you a winner this time?
Google has launched an important update aimed at helping high-quality sites, so you may see some of your pages zooming up in the rankings.
Google says the update will impact about 3.1% of queries in English.
Owners of some good old sites that use whitehat SEO tactics are celebrating (I'm seeing some good results), but trashy sites are also showing up on the first page of search results.
Perhaps things will settle down a bit over the next few days.
Nearly time to leave NZ
In the Southern Lakes area of New Zealand, the grape vines, willows and poplars are turning golden, a sure sign that the southern summer is well and truly gone. It's nearly time for Joanna and me to migrate north as usual for the winter.
We'll be off soon to our Queensland apartment at Rainbow Bay. It will be good to walk on the beach again but we're sorry to be leaving family behind.
Joanna took a beautiful photo of golden willows and poplars reflected in Lake Dunstan. I liked it so much I've started an album in Facebook of photos of the Southern Lakes, New Zealand, area.
You can see our Southern Lakes photos here:
(There aren't many photos there yet. I'll let you know when I add more.)
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Thought for today: Provide value
“Draw a hard line, and be opinionated. That's what will provide the most value for your visitors – and it will also reap the greatest rewards. People crave sincerity and honesty, especially when it comes to making a purchase decision.” – The Rules, Ukritic.
All the best