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Introducing Di Franco Media

It's no secret that I have quickly formed a passion for affiliate marketing and its benefits. Actually, that could be said for Internet marketing in general. I find it all to be very fascinating. The ability to reach out to an audience in the form of content creation is something I personally enjoy. In fact, it doesn't even feel like work most of the time. In an effort to turn this newly found passion into something even bigger, I am proud to present my newest project — Di Franco Media.

Di Franco Media is a website built entirely around the idea of publishing product reviews, sharing Internet marketing resources, and anything else relevant. Consider it a central hub of information that I believe is worth sharing. Through the past month or so, I have been tirelessly creating a ton of great content — all of which is now available for viewing. This includes the following: 

While content is the primary focus of Di Franco Media, this new website offers so much more. Feel free to check out both the Resources and Tools pages for a great list of products and services that can help grow your brand. Links listed on both these pages were selected by me, based on personal experience and research.

I am also excited to announce my first newsletter! This is something viewers and readers have been requesting for a while now. Subscribing to my newsletter not only gains you free access to my "15 YouTube Tips" eBook, but this also puts you on a list to receive future email updates from me.

There is still a lot to talk about, but I would like to encourage you to check out the website for yourself. I've also been busy creating several videos regarding the products I review, which can be seen here. This new YouTube channel focuses only on Di Franco Media and its content — with plenty more to come.

I'm excited to see where Di Franco Media takes me. This is definitely a project that I have been thinking about for quite some time now. It's great to see it finally becoming a reality. If you have any questions or comments regarding this new project, please feel free to comment below. You are also free to contact me on Twitter and Facebook, as well as my Contact page.

Introducing GearPop 2.0

Less than three months ago I launched GearPop, my largest website project to date. For those not in the loop, GearPop is a community driven showcase featuring the best technology products this world has to offer. In an age where something new is introduced just about every day, why should you as the user struggle to find what's best for your needs? To put it simply, you shouldn't. GearPop aims to make the experience for the user easier and best of all, enjoyable.

Now that I have had the time to monitor the site's overall usage, its pros and cons, and determine what the users want, I am proud to introduce GearPop 2.0. There is a lot to talk about, so let's jump right into it.

Pushing the Words Together

"Gear Pop" is now known as "GearPop." While a small change, this is something that makes sense. Not only have users already been referring to the site this way, but it's also easier to remember. Why make things more complicated? As I like to say, simplicity is key.

Completely New Look

The biggest change of all is the appearance of GearPop. Not only is everything much cleaner, but the site is now easier to navigate. This especially applies to how product pages are presented. For example, check out the Panasonic HCV700MK. Information has been condensed into tabs and share buttons are now immediately visible, making the overall experience much easier on the eyes.

You will also notice that the GearPop logo itself has changed a bit.

Responsive Design

GearPop proudly introduces support for the latest trend in web design, and that's responsive design. This means that no matter which device you visit GearPop.com on, the software will automatically optimize your experience. No longer will navigating through products on a small device, such as an iPhone, feel difficult. Go ahead — give it a try. Pretty neat, huh?

Amazon Customer Reviews

Embedded on every product page is now a tab for Amazon customer reviews. This is great if you're ever looking to get a second opinion on a product you are not 100% sure about. Oh, and the best part? Customer reviews are automatically pulled in from Amazon, so you can always count on having the latest and most accurate information.

Related Products

Tieing in closely with customer reviews, users now have the ability to view related products simply by clicking on the appropriate tab. This is especially useful if you are keeping an open mind on which product to purchase and how alternatives compare. After all, isn't having choices a good thing?

Integration with TechBargains.com

Remember that partnership with TechBargains.com that I annnounced a little while back? Well, this is exactly what I had in mind. I am excited to announce that GearPop now has a dedicated section in the sidebar that features the best deals for some of the world's largest retail chains. This includes brands like Amazon, Best Buy, Dell and yes — even Apple.

If you are looking to save money on your next tech purchase (who isn't?), this is something you'll want to keep your eyes on. Links are automatically updated with the best available deals, coupons and promo codes — so be sure to check back often.

Discount Finder

Included in the sidebar is something called the Discount Finder. This does exactly what it sounds like. Input keywords related to what you're searching for, select your discount amount, and GearPop will take care of the rest. This feature includes all of Amazon, so you are not only restricted to the products you see on this site.

And of course, if you do come across a product that is not already listed on GearPop, feel free to suggest it via the Submit page.

Popular Forum Posts

With nearly 500 registered members and over 6,600 total posts, the GearPop Forums have proven to be quite successful. As a quickly growing community, I want even more users to take notice of the hundreds of conversations that are going on. To help make this happen, GearPop now lists in the sidebar five of the most popular topics being discussed in the forums. If you're ever looking to voice your opinion on something that catches your eye, feel free to register and jump in. It's free!

Oh, and speaking of the forums, a new default theme has been applied. Users have the ability to choose a theme that pertains to their liking, but I think you'll enjoy this new look.

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As you can see, GearPop 2.0 is not just a small update. I went back to the drawing board, thought about how everything could be improved, did some research, and this is where I ended up. Needless to say, I am very happy with the outcome and where things are going. User engagement has not only been awesome, but I have been receiving some amazing support from those who truly enjoy the site for what it has to offer.

While GearPop has already come a long way since its launch, I still consider this to be just the beginning. Through the power of modern web design and user participation via social media, the future as a whole is looking bright. I cannot wait to see where things go.

Like with any project, I always encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or comments. Also, be sure to follow GearPop on both Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates.

For more information on today's updates, please view the video below.

Partnership with TechBargains.com

Starting off 2013 with some great news, I am proud to announce that I have formed a new partnership with TechBargains.com — a website entirely dedicated to finding you the best tech deals, coupons and more. If saving money on the latest and greatest gadgets is important to you, then you'll want to pay attention.

Through working with TechBargains, I am now able to offer my viewers a chance to grab the best tech deals the Internet has to offer. For example, if a particular TV is on sale, you will be the first to know. And it doesn't even matter where the sale is coming from. TechBargains automatically finds the best savings, of which I will share with everyone on a regular basis.

So how do you participate? Simply continue with what you are already doing. This means staying up to date with my social media profiles: Twitter, Facebook and especially YouTube. At some point I would like to integrate support with Gear Pop. Details regarding that will be unveiled when the time is right.

As you can see, things will continue as normal. Content delivery remains unchanged, yet you will be saving money along the way. In my eyes, that's a win-win.

Introducing Back Up and Sync Up

Affiliate marketing is something I have taken a great interest in this past year. Not only is it an excellent learning experience, but the return in benefits can be quite inspiring. From selling products via Gear Pop to recommending audiobooks via Audible.com, promoting services I use personally is something I enjoy doing.

I recently began promoting an online backup service called MyPCBackup. While the response has been decent, I feel more people should take notice — especially considering how important data backup truly is. In an effort to get the word out more, I have created a new mini site, Back Up and Sync Up.

Back Up and Sync Up is a simple website focused around expressing the importance of backing up your data. With an easy-to-use desktop application, MyPCBackup makes the process seamless. With the ability to schedule automatic backups and the option of always having access to your files on the go, it's a peace of mind worth exploring.

You will notice throughout the site that I am promoting a special offer. If you sign up for MyPCBackup using my link, you will receive your first 14 days of service for free. Click here for details.

Note: Commissions made through Back Up and Sync Up will be applied toward providing future content for my YouTube audience.

For Sale: TekSocial

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Back in July 2010, TekSocial was born. Since then, it has grown to form a community consisting of over 500 registered writers and 4,000+ articles. To this very day, the website still receives close to 1,000 page impressions on a daily basis. While traffic isn't exactly poor, I would like to see TekSocial become something much larger. Unfortunately, I don't have the time and focus required to make that happen.

Getting to the point, I have decided to put TekSocial up for sale. It is a strong brand that deserves more attention, thus possibly expanding its lifespan for years to come. Of course, I am only willing to sell the website and its contents to someone who is legitimately interested. This is a serious acquisition. While pricing is negotiable, I prefer to sell everything for a reasonable amount.

If you are interested in purchasing TekSocial, below is a handful of notes worth reading: 

  • Buyer will acquire ownership of all content, including 900+ TekSocial Gallery uploads
  • Website is fully hosted via Squarespace
  • Next Squarespace bill does not occur until March 12, 2013
  • Domain name is hosted via Go Daddy, but can be transferred to any registrar
  • Website login credentials will be handed over to the buyer
  • Buyer will have complete control over the website after purchase
  • If requested, the buyer will acquire ownership of TekSocial Video on YouTube
  • Login credentials for the @TekSocial Twitter account will be handed over to the buyer

In a nutshell, the buyer will immediately gain access to TekSocial and all of its contents — except for the contact forms. These will need to be provided by the buyer. The current contact forms will be disabled once the acquisition is complete.

The following are two screenshots of TekSocial's traffic details (click to enlarge):

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Google PageRank: 4/10 

If done right, TekSocial could finally become quite big. That is something I really want to see happen.

For serious inquiries regarding the acquisition of TekSocial, please contact me here. The final sale will go to the buyer with the best offer. Details will be discussed via email. Payment via PayPal is preferred.