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“If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi Desert.” - Australian psychiatrist W. Béran Wolfe

Greetings & Thanks for Visiting!

mike corso - seo - cool site I'm a web viking and digital marketing ninja (SEO, SEM, email, social media, landing page optimization, lead generation, etc. ) responsible for Cool Site of the Day, the Internet's oldest directory (launched in 1994).  I'm also Google Adwords Qualified and am one of only .5% with direct access to Google corporate. One of my goals with Cool Site of the Day is to shine a light on all the cool websites since the beginning of cyber time.

Cool Site of the Day has featured a unique site every day since August of 1994...nearly 9,000 sites!

As for my approach to Internet marketing and SEM, the following quote says it all:

“That which is measured improves. That which is measured and reported improves exponentially.” (Pearson's Law found on Mark Joyner's Simpleology)

More background

In 1993, I was the first person to promote music on the Internet for the major record labels (via bulletin boards and primitive websites!). After 5 years working for the music industry, I bought Cool Site of the Day (1998).
I have been quoted in several online and offline publications including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and am usually available for interviews and speaking engagements.

Sometimes I find time to offer consulting services...

If you do decide to contact me for a consultation, know that we will FOCUS on keyword research and competitor analysis INTENSELY (believe me, it will save you hours/days/months/years of heartbreak). THEN, you will know if your idea has a shot; if not, I will likely redirect you towards a more lucrative path.

How I spend my free time

Other than my business life, I'm also: Hoping our paths cross one way or another, Mike Corso e-mail: mike AT mikecorso.net facebook twitter | linkedin
"Mike Corso is incredible. Our heads hurt from the number of good ideas to track down after consulting with him for 30 minutes. Thanks, Mike!" -Jake, piclits.com
“Thanks for your insight and site evaluation. We have moved from PR3 to PR5 on one of our main landing pages thanks to you. We are on our way up thanks to your professional evaluation and valuable input. We have not implemented all of your suggestions as we have a small staff here. Thanks Again!"  Bruce Richards
“Mike Corso will show you the proper way of doing things. There is no hidden agenda, just pure information and action. You must be sleeping at the wheel if you do not get on board with Mike and his 'Crazy Train'!!” -David A.
"Keep up the good work. You really have a winner of a site, and what a way to help new sites generate the traffic they need when they first launch."  -- John H.
1-914-907-9733 mike@coolsite.com Click here for today's site

My Favorite Affiliate Networks

Affiliate Networks

There are a bazillion affiliate networks from which to choose.  But how do you decide which affiliate network is right for you? Personally, I’m active with about 30 networks and/or merchants. Some may provide offers for me to promote that others don’t.  Some may have an interface that I find easy to use.  Others may have affiliate managers that I respect and enjoy working with.

This is my ‘A’ list of networks and/or merchants.  You could spend your entire life working with just these companies and make yourself a pretty penny.

I’ll be updating this list regularly so stay tuned…and join in!

Neverblue Ads

Offers on Network: 370+
Payment Method:
Check  Payment Terms: $50 Minimum, Net 30
Quick Review:
NeverBlue Ads became one of my favorites after I saw how well they treated Zac Johnson‘s referrals (his referrals have earned over $400,000.  I expect to see my Cool Site of the Day referrals do as well.
Sign Up to NeverBlue Ads

Market Leverage

Offers on Network: 300+
Payment Method: Check, Paypal, Wire  Payment Terms: No Minimum, Net 15
Quick Review: Market Leverage is all about treating the Affiliate like a king and I have sensed that approach with every one of their Publisher Managers. Market Leverage has a lot of offers to choose from including prepop offers (more on that later).  When you sign up, ask for my Publisher Manager, Chris C. (not pushy and very knowledgable).
– Sign Up to Market Leverage

Advaliant

Offers on Network: 130+  Network
Payment Method: Check, Wire Transfer  Payment Terms: $25 Minimum, Net 10
Quick Review: Advaliant is one of the faster and upcoming affiliate networks focused on high end offers such as dieting and weight loss trial offers. Many of these offers only require the user to pay a small shipping fee, and you earn a $20+ commission.
– Sign Up to Advaliant

Commission River

Offers on Network: niche
Payment Method: Check, Wire Transfer
Quick Review: Commission River is an outstanding network focusing on telecom products and more (long distance phone, mobile, calling cards, credit cards, cable TV, etc).  I marketed a handful of products for them several years ago and I’m still getting residual commissions.  Sweet.  You can do really well with this network if you focus on the target market. Also, the guy who steers this ship, Patrick Oborn, knows a lot about Internet marketing and SEO and he makes sure his Agents (Affiliates) benefit from everything he knows.
– Sign Up to Commission River

DentalPlans

Offers on Network: niche
Payment Method: Check, Wire Transfer
Quick Review: Another niche network.  As you can guess, DentalPlans is an aggregator of discount dental plans from all over the country.  They pay a hefty commission of $55 for every customer you generate.  Affiliate support is outstanding and, if you show that you can generate traffic, they’ll build out customized landing pages for you.  Perfect offer if you have a solid list of general consumers or are willing to drive paid search traffic.
– Sign Up to DentalPlans

MarketHealth

Offers on Network: niche
Payment Method: Check, Wire Transfer
Quick Review: Another strong niche network, MarketHealth’s specialty is Health & Beauty products (think weight loss, skin care, men’s and women’s products).  I have had some fantastic success with this network so if you think you can attract leads, you definitely want to play with this boutique network.  Affiliate support: EXCELLENT.
– Sign Up to MarketHealth

Reefer Poker

Offers on Network: card games
Payment Method: Check, Wire Transfer
Quick Review: Name says it all.  Listen, poker is HUGE and poker affiliate programs are HUGE. But which one to affiliate with?  Your search is over; I spent 2 hours on the phone with these guys.  They are upstanding businessmen who saw a niche (bet you didn’t know the Poker championship tables are filled with potheads).

Promotions for affiliates include cash, trips to Jamaica and Amsterdam, and the chance to host and participate in great tournaments.
– Sign Up via ReeferPartners

PepperJam NETWORK

Offers on Network: 150+
Payment Method: Check, Paypal, Direct Deposit  Payment Terms: $25 Minimum, Every 2 Weeks
Quick Review: Ranked by INC. Magazine 500 three years in a row, PepperJam and their owner, Kris Jones,  made quite a splash in the affiliate marketing world when they released their own affiliate network about a year ago. PepperJam Network is known to have a lot of offers that you won’t find on other networks and I’ve found their Affiliate Support team to be very responsive.
– Sign Up to PepperJam Network

This is an evolving list that will give you a great start in Affiliate Marketing.  I’ll be adding more affiliate networks and hands-on reviews and video tutorials.

If you would like to have your company featured on this page, please contact me.

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