Category: Misc

Healthy body healthy mind – Fitness for the self-employed

Healthy body healthy mind – Fitness for the self-employed

I see a lot of fitness and health related post on affiliate marketing blogs, everything from how I got ripped abs in 3 weeks to why I gave up coffee for a month. These sound more like our landing page headlines than blog posts but there does seem to be a strong focus in the industry towards a healthy lifestyle. While I feel this is justified to an extent it...

The Innovators – February’s Book of the Month

The Innovators – February’s Book of the Month

The Innovators is a historical portrayal of the digital revolution. It starts at Ada Lovelace the daughter of Lord Byron who is credited with the first concept of a computer programme and goes all the way up to 2014. The book details the first computers including the one at Bletchley Park which is significant to me because it’s only half hours drive away. The birth of silicon valley and the...

Cashvertising – January’s Book of the Month

Cashvertising – January’s Book of the Month

Cashvertising is a classic and would be my first choice for anybody new to affiliate marketing. It was first published a hundred years ago or so by an old school print advertiser. It gives a great overview of the psychology behind marketing and copy writing. The book has become famous in internet marketing circles because to date noone has produced a better foundation for general marketing practice. It is a...

My Office

My Office

My office at home. Dell XPS14 Laptop, Dell UHD monitor, Madkatz strike7 gaming keyboard (never played a game on it in my life) and a Madkatz mouse. The Bakerlite phone in the background is a genuine one from the 1940’s. I’d love to rig this up to a bluetooth handset but don’t have the heart to take it apart.

High CPU usage on mysqld but low memory usage

High CPU usage on mysqld but low memory usage

Had a problem with a server that was running alot of traffic and doing a lot of logging and updating mysql tables. The CPU usage was through the roof and it’s an 8 core server with 30GB of RAM. The strange thing was that mysqld was using all the processing power but hardly any memory was being used. You can check what is using all the CPU/Memory by running “top”...

HC Traffic – Campaign Setup Guide

HC Traffic – Campaign Setup Guide

Most affiliates will know that pop under traffic provides a great way to scale campaigns to really high levels. A site which has 300×250 banners will usually charge $0.50~ cpm, the equivalent pop under ads will cost $5+. The reason sites can earn so much more with pop unders is because the user interacts much more with them and as an advertiser you can instantly show your targeted user a...

Internet Marketers Web Browser of Choice

Internet Marketers Web Browser of Choice

Here are some stats from Google Analytics for this blog: I thought it was interesting to see how far behind Internet Explorer has fallen for people who know how to use a computer. It was only 5 years ago when they an 85%ish share in the market. In 5 years time I would expect it to be more like 25-40% for mainstream sites. Firefox is my browser of choice and...

Optimising Nginx in Linux

Optimising Nginx in Linux

I found one of the servers was throwing up a 500 error quite regularly. I checked the logs and in /var/log/nginx/error.log I found the following errors: socket() failed (24: Too many open files) while connecting to upstream, client socket() failed (23: Too many open files in system) while connecting to upstream, client Solution was to increase the number of worker connections and edit a few files to allow more open...