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TheGoldenParachute.com: Think Dual Incomes is a Great Thing? Not Always We've had discussions periodically in my house about my wife going back to work part-time. There are a variety of reasonsIs a dual income worth it in a marriage?

TheForce.Net - Latest News - Number One Star Wars Fan In The UK I really like Star Wars a lot. I've spent way too much money and time on it overStar Wars fanatacism

Today we're having an installation of "What to do, What not to do" for percussionists. What to do Back in college I had the privilege of seeing a percussion group called NexusPercussionists: Object lesson for today

The full trailer for Doctor Who's sixth season is out. Watch it: This bit did it for me: Off-screen, scary sounding alien: Fear me. I've killed hundreds of Time Lords. The Doctor (notTwo lines, and I'm sold

Were you paying attention in those psychology classes? Do you remember the experiments where a rat was trained to press a lever to get food? It's amazing how relevant experiments on ratsGrilled cheese and the science of successive approximation

So today I had an eye doctor's appointment. Apparently I have totally awesome vision while I'm wearing my glasses. The lady was actually joking when she put up the lineIt just seemed odd

I've got a problem. There are multiple layers to this thing. And it's all George Lucas' fault. Well, maybe I have some part to play in it as well. But it'sThe Star Wars Conundrum

Brain interface: next best thing to telekinesis This is cool stuff. I'm quoting the whole article, because I'm not confident of the longevity of articles on the scifi.com site. Saving a lifeThe "THINK" system

"Dude," (for some reason this conversation frequently begins with "dude") "you're the most technical person I know. How can you not even have a cell phone?" This conversation (orThe Neo-Luddite Geek Technologist

The Wachowski brothers have a firm grasp of visuals and a healthy respect for graphic novels. They also know how to write a script that challenges the viewer's perceptions ofReview: V for Vendetta

I'm reading a lot more comics/graphic novels now than I ever have. Sadly, that's not saying much, since I only read individual unconnected issues at a time - I neverAn attache case, an underground government, and a Spider-Man on the edge

Andre Agassi began the end of his professional tennis career tonight with a great match vs. Andrei Pavel. Like many people, I've been watching Andre Agassi for almost his entire career.Agassi's last first round win

Poorly!  *rim shot* So I mentioned before that I'd been writing some music for the last several years and some of it may show up here from time to time. ThisHow I write music

free wi-fi hotspots wifi cafes coffee shops hotels airports RV Parks (Okay, so I'm slipping in one more post before the new year...) If you're looking for free wi-fi connection anywhere inFree wi-fi hotspots

Obviously the European fascists are being hurt by the global economic problems. In an effort save money, they've apparently let their entire marketing department go. While I applaud their frugality,Slow economy affects European fascist marketing

Money for nothing, and discounts on online purchases – Zlio.com

Set up your own free storefront (referral included)

It seems like there has to be a catch to this, but I haven’t found it yet. Zlio.com is a service that allows you to set up an online store and choose from “millions” of products. That’s it. You get paid a (small) percentage of whatever gets sold through your store.

While it may not technically be the case, it looks like what’s really going on here is that Zlio acts as a proxy for various affiliate programs (e.g., Amazon.com, Buy.com, Roxio.com, Skype.com, TigerDirect.com, or Petsmart.com, to name a few of the 19 currently listed) and provides you the front end and some personalization features. As is typical with affiliate programs, you get a small percentage (frequently around 3-4%) of sales through your links. The nice thing about Zlio is that sign-up is incredibly easy and you really don’t have to do anything else but add products.

The aggregation of products from varied and diverse merchants makes the breadth of your product choices pretty impressive.

There are some nice personalization features for those who want to go further, but it’s not quite as user friendly as I’d like overall. There are certainly plenty of development areas that they could concentrate on (and unfortunately product search is one of them), but the site is functional and easy enough for those less demanding souls among you.

One further nice feature is that you also make a smaller percentage of sales on sites of people whom you’ve referred. That’s a nice incentive to try to get other people involved (note to Dave: they have comics).

You do have to have a PayPal account to get paid. I suppose that could be considered a “catch” for some.

In case you missed it, I signed up myself and decided to add a few products/shows/movies that I’ve reviewed previously here in the blog, as well as some items that I’m planning to review. The result is a new sidebar “widget” and a new static page (listed across the top of the blog).

This was mostly an exercise just to try out Zlio. I have no delusions that I will net any more than $0.50 per year doing this, if I’m lucky, but it may get me a free soda or something. Plus, I can get that same 4% back (on Amazon) on things I buy myself, so it’s like having my own extra discount card, which is kinda nice. That feature alone makes it worth the small effort to sign up, in my opinion.

If anyone does want to sign up, though, I certainly wouldn’t object if you used my referral link. Feel free, also, to buy anything you want, that you would normally buy through Amazon or similar stores. If you don’t see what you want on the product list, do a search to search the whole of Zlio’s product offering.

I’ll let you know if I run up against anything troubling, but for now, it seems to work as advertised. I was able to create the store, do some basic personalization, and add 17 items in under 1-1/2 hours, and I could have done it much faster if I wasn’t experimenting so much.

[tags]Zlio, online stores, affiliate programs, product reviews, sales, movies, amazon.com, e-commerce[/tags]

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