Tip 35: Getting Organized

It’s very easy to underestimate how far a little organization can go when it comes to growing your affiliate venture and padding your bottom line. Every new idea, spark of inspiration, or shared insight has the potential to put you ahead of the pack and generate steady, regular revenue – provided you don’t forget about it!The bad news is that there is rarely a perfect solution, and it takes real work to develop and maintain good organizational habits. Fortunately, there’s good money to be made creating applications that help us manage our time and resources and technology has made them attractive, accessible and affordable.How It’s DoneDo some research finding applications or methods that work best for you. Don’t be discouraged if the first thing you try fails miserably or just doesn’t feel comfortable. Some people work best with a legal pad or spiral notebook, others use the the latest cutting netbook or iphone aps and can’t imagine life without them.Some suggestionsReminders/NotesExamples: Evernote, Microsoft One NoteFeed ReadersSubscribe to quality RSS feeds and bookmark quality posts for later perusal.Examples: Google Reader, Mozilla Thunderbird, Windows Live Mail, many many more!Documentation, spreadsheets, charts and listsOrganize documents and create spreadsheets and charts to track your progress and plan initiatives.Examples: Microsoft Office, Open OfficePlan Activites and Coordinate with PartnersKeeping an hour by hour by hour schedule isn’t for everyone, but regular reminders that keep you aware and accountable can be a huge boost.Examples: Google Calendar BasecampWhat productivity tools to you use? What popular tools are over hyped and not worth the effort?

Tip 34: Poker Room Screenshots

We recently collected a library of screen shots showcasing the sign up processes for each website that PAS is currently partnered with.[singlepic=8,320,240,,]We are happy to make them available to you for your use on your websites. It’s up to you to edit them if necessary, host them and link to them but this should give you a great start if you want to provide some more detailed sign up instructions.Poker Room Screen Shot Library

Tip 33: Troubleshooting

Our content management system gives you freedom. The freedom use your words. The freedom to customize your design. The freedom to completely break your website. That’s right, we admit it, our software is not idiot proof. It’s not even – very smart people making the occasional mindbogglingly idiotic mistake – proof.If you’ve courageously explored and tweaked your content (as we want you to) and suddenly came to the realization that something has gone very, very wrong, your not alone. We are always standing by to help diagnose and repair the error, but you will likely find that a solid approach will allow you to quickly fix the problem yourself and perhaps learn a little something in the process.How it’s Done1. Narrow down the offending fileThere are hundreds of files in your CMS, which one is causing the problem? Most of the time it will be the file you’ve most recently edited, but if you’ve been busy this might not narrow things down enough.

  • Does the error appear on all website pages?
  • Does it appear when you are logged in?
  • How about when you log out?
  • If its a sign up page is it all sign up pages, or just rakeback pages?

2. Confirm your suspicionsOpen a simple text editor (such as Notepad+, Editplus, or even wordpad). Be sure you have EditArea or plain text selected as your editor style. Cut and then paste the contents of the entire file into your external editor, and save it to your hard drive as a backup. Save the now empty CMS file in your web browser. Has the problem disappeared (along with your custom content)? If not paste the content back in and try a different file, being sure to make a backup.3. Locate the problem code.You may be able to use the revision history to restore your code to an earlier version that works properly. If not, simply cut out the bottom half of your code. Save and look at your website? Did the problem go away? If yes cut the code in half again, if not, restore the original and try the top half. Rinse and repeat until you’ve successfully isolated the problem code.4. Understand and address the errorUse the EditArea Editor style so that you can easily see the code. The problem might be readily apparent. If not search the forums for an answer. If you can’t find an answer try the following:

  • Ensure every has exactly one corresponding closing .
  • Make sure that all quotes occur in “pairs.”
  • Verify that all tag brackets also occur in
  • Compare your code to the earliest version of the revision history. Has something in the problem code snippet changed from the original?
  • Refer to the forum FAQs for possible solutions.

5. Give upIf you’re stuck it’s OK to give up! We are happy to assist. I recommend you post to the Site Customization Forum. That way everyone can benefit from the solution. Regardless of how you contact us, please let us know:

  1. The url of the problem website
  2. The name of the problem file if you know it (if not the names of pages you’ve recently changed.
  3. What browser, browser version and operating system you’ve spotted the error in.
  4. In what conditions the error occurs (logged in, logged out, when visiting x page etc)
  5. The nature of the problem in as much detail as you can provide.

Tip 32: What’s your problem?

[singlepic=5,220,120,,right]Most new affiliate websites have an easily identifiable problem – lack of quality content, products, or services. A few websites have popular products, but neglect to pitch affiliate offers. Some websites have quality content, but don’t offer services or updates to encourage return visits. Still other websites offer great services, but don’t intertwine them with money saving bonuses/rakeback.It is cliche that the first step towards a solution is identifying the problem, but it may be so for good reason. Identify and articulate your strengths and weaknesses. Once you have done so, eliminate (for now) those weaknesses that you currently lack the resources to address. Whatever weaknesses are left represent your problem.Clearly identifying the nature of your problems may be enough to put you on the right path. If not contact support, post in the forums, or discuss them with colleagues and coworkers. If you let us know what your problem is we will make it our problem. and will advise you, adjust current services, plan new ones, or connect you with people can help.

Tip 31: Using Revision History

The revision history is an important tool for both advanced and beginning web page developers. Especially for beginning web page developers! Not only does it allow you to undo mistakes, but it can take your page back to the state it in was weeks, months, or even years ago!Learn about how it works.It’s current state has a few quirks and knowing about them will spare you from frustration.

  • Stick to Firefox if at all possible when using the CMS, some versions of Internet Explorer have historically had problems with it. A quick Firefox install may be all that stands between you and your page’s sunny past.
  • Save a few very minor edits before attempting anything that may impair a pages function. The original state prior to the first save won’t be available if you fail to do so. (unless you contact support). Saving the page a couple times until you notice a revision in your history could save you headaches.
  • After you click View Revision make sure to scroll up to review the code before committing your new changes.

You may also want to use the view revision feature to look at previous versions of your page without restoring the revision. This can help if you’ve made many changes but omitted or damaged a single critical feature.Taking a few moments to be aware of this feature and it’s quirks will allow you to explore all the options available to you without fear of causing serious damage to your site.CraigPASDesign

Tip 30: Free Logos

[singlepic=7,320,240,,right]This one isn’t so much a tip as a freebie.I’m hosting a PSD file with many of the Poker Room logos I access on a regular basis for various design department tasks. The logos each have transparent backgrounds and are on individual layers so they are relatively easy to implement on your websites/banners/promotions etc.I’ll be updating the file on a regular basis, you can download the latest version from here: downloadHope you find it useful!CraigPAS Design Dept