Wednesday, December 7, 2011

My Family Growing up in Texas.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Above and Beyond - TMobile

Last week I took a trip to NGS 2011 in Charleston, SC thinking I was to be meeting a few people and attending but finding out when I arrived that I would be presenting a class.

I had a Netbook - 10 inch - no projector - and I found out no internet.
I created a powerpoint presentation but had no way to show in any visible way. NGS hooked me up with a projector - thank you!

I really needed the internet in order to teach some basics about Commission Junction, and Blogger but to do that I needed a wifi connection of some sort.

I drove over to the Local TMobile store and asked them for help since I had unsuccessfully tried to install PDANet to tether to my netbook. Tanya was there that day and started looking for answers. She not only painstakingly got PDANet to work but she also installed a program called easy tether and then to top it off she and Bret also from TMobile fixed various problems on my phone - downloaded and installed Android vs. 2.2 and after much trouble convinced my phone to install it. At that point Android 2.2 allowed me to simply turn on a wifi signal which I now use whenever I need a connection.

Needless to say most people would have given up after 10 or 15 minutes - these two took turns not just downloading and installing but researching a variety of problems as this is a new version and this upgrade had not been performed many times before in their store.

My class went well and many new affiliates have started blogs - created CJ accounts and started sending affiliate clicks.

Thank you Tanya Martinez and Bret Lucarelli for going beyond what was expected and really helping me out.


Check out my new Affiliate Genealogy Blog

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

NGS thoughts

While at NGS in Charleston SC last week I had the opportunity to teach a class on genealogy and affiliate marketing. I was hoping to show how to put up a blog but of course.....blogger was down. Luckily I had some screen shots.

Thanks to those who attended the class. For those that missed it let me know if you need any help putting up a blog or just some questions answered about affiliate marketing - how to create and put up links etc. I'd be happy to help.

Regarding the conference - it was great. I was able to spend some time with Leland Meitzler of as well as Liz from Clooz, Dick Eastman from as well as many other fabulous people.

After missing a couple years of genealogy conferences instead attending Affiliate Summit, CJU and other affiliate meet ups I can tell you there certainly is a difference in these two types of conferences. Each of them is great for particular reasons.

In the genealogy world of conferences expect to run into some very friendly people with walkers, canes, cameras and a lot of knowledge regarding particular genealogy niches.

In the world of affiliate marketing conferences expect to spend some time in the glitzy Vegas life with skaters, 12 year old millionaires and events costing millions.

Combine the two and what do you get - a Thomas MacEntee, Paul Allen, or Dick Eastman.
Or of course you may end up with this.....which was just spectacular - go Ellie

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Mark Olsen Affiliate Manager

For those that are not already part of the Affiliate Program, and, here is an email sent to all affiliates.

By the way - FamilyLink Cookie duration - 60 days -- others - 1 day, session based.
FamilyLink Commission Structure - 50% others - start at 25% and go up slowly from there.....

The Affiliate program has a new Affiliate Manager.

I am Mark Olsen and have worked in all areas of the Affiliate World. As a successful Affiliate I understand that you are looking for quick response and great results. As the former Affiliate Manager of I also understand what it takes to succeed in the Family History Affiliate Landscape which is unique to all other programs. and have great resources for Genealogists and Historians around the world. historic Newspaper collection is the biggest in the world! Tombstone Photos is the biggest of its kind! Historic Maps collection is the biggest of them all! is a unique set of Social Apps and Family History Data

We also have ever increasing collections of:

Birth, Marriage and Death Records
Census and Voter Lists
Court, Land and Probate Records
City Directories and Lists
Family Trees
Immigration Records
Military collections

In order to fully succeed it is vital that you have links that make sense. Just adding a banner is great but may not be enough. Give me a call now and I will show you how you can integrate content into your pages and create a site that is truly user-friendly and helps your customers find the information they are desperately searching for.

I'd love to work with you one on one to find ways for your site to bring in the commissions.

Please pick up the phone and give me a call.

Mark Olsen

Affiliate Manager

Cell Phone: 801-687-0599

Google Talk:

Email –
sign up at CJ

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Friday, March 19, 2010

I need health care - but I want it with no Obama mixed in

I work for myself these days and have not yet figured out insurance. Seems like I would be the perfect candidate for Obamacare....yet, I'm not a bit interested in what he has to offer.

Obama - do you think I want you forcing your beliefs and plan on me?
You're wrong - I don't.

I wish I was an artist - I have a picture which keeps coming to me - it's Obama in a Dr. getup sitting on top of a patient and force feeding him health care. That's exactly what he is doing - despite the will of the people. I won't be surprised when this passes - and I won't be surprised when it fails to provide the care and pricing the Democrats think it will.

I think Obama, Pelosi and many others should and will face impeachment for these activities and criminal acts. Yes, I think it is criminal to ignore the will of the people when placed in a high office.

Keep praying America.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Sanjay Gupta and Anderson Cooper - Heroes First - Reporters Second

The disaster in Haiti is tragic and beyond anything we have seen in a long time.
I want so bad to go there and do all I can to help but without the proper resources I'd just be one more mouth to feed.

As I watch the news coverage from various networks I am in awe and thank God for two Men, and their teams, Sanjay Gupta and Anderson Cooper. Thanks to CNN for providing some of the most valuable men in this race against time.

Watching Sanjay save life after life through his medical knowledge makes me want to start my life over and head down the path of a doctor so that I too can help.
Yet as I watch Anderson who is simply a really good man doing some great reporting he makes me feel more like why can't I be as valiant as him. These two men are setting the example for all of us and how we should live our lives. They simply help people and report at the same time, it appears to me that helping is their primary goal and reporting second.

These men not only deserve a Pulitzer they also deserve the respect of the world for what they are doing. There are thousands out their in Haiti doing all they can to help but none more visible than these two who are constantly helping and reporting.

I know that the US and much of the world are doing all they can to help but its not yet enough. As I see the coverage it is very apparent that we need to do more and get the food further into the neighborhoods where people are starving to death.

The recent story of 85 elderly simply starving to death is beyond belief. Obama and the world should be taking direction from the reporters who are finding the problems and sending teams immediately to where they find the need.

Its easy to sit on the side lines and judge but in this case there are thousands of lives at stake and it simply looks like our efforts as a nation are not yet enough.
We should have food and medical equipment dropped in by the planeload until they have more than enough. Yes it will cost a great deal but our country can afford it and needs to save these lives and the nation of Haiti.

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