Affiliate Marketers – this works for me

004I054YQm2Well this is a post that I have been meaning to write for long time and all that know me  know that sometimes you just got to do it NOW.  So many times I’m asked what do you do online, what is working for you, how are you earning money etc. – so thought I’d let the cat out of the bag here so Affiliate Marketers – this works for me.

Over and over again you have been told that you need to find ONE product, ONE site and stay focused on that ONE and promote, promote, promote.  So many have come to me asking how do you know what that ONE site is.

Well if I was to be starting out right now the ONE site for me would be Affiliate Funnel and I will tell you why.  This program gives you the tools that you need to get started and I would like to focus on some of those tools.

When you first start it can be overwhelming and in Affiliate Funnel did you realize there are lessons for the newbie or even the seasoned affiliate that is feeling they are spinning their wheels and just don’t fully understand things.  You will see topics like

Building Your Business
Traffic Exchange Basics
Traffic Exchange Advanced Techniques
Safelist Basics
Email Series for your use

The other benefit is……… a PDF that you can use, download and use to help
build YOUR list – here is a look at the Table of Contents – so loaded with info
Info that has been tried and tested by some of the leading marketers

What Is Affiliate Funnel …………………………………………………….. 3
How Do I Set Up Affiliate Funnel?………………………………………. 4
Set up your profile ………………………………………………………………… 4
Setting Up Your Money Programs…………………………………………… 5
Enhancing your “Your Money Page” ……………………………………….. 7
Simple descriptive paragraph ………………………………………………………..8
Bullet points ……………………………………………………………………………….8
Branding Yourself …………………………………………………………….. 9
Promoting Your Links ……………………………………………………… 10
Building Downlines ……………………………………………………………… 10
Promoting Your Business Opportunities ………………………………… 11
Promoting The Inbuilt Splash Funnels ………………………………. 13
Using Tags ………………………………………………………………………… 14
Auto-Domain Detection ……………………………………………………….. 15
Funnel Rotator …………………………………………………………………… 15
Activating your Funnels ……………………………………………………….. 16
Learn More ……………………………………………………………………. 17

Oh, I’m not done yet – there is more – IF you are on a limited budget and you don’t know what you should upgrade in or where you should spend your money – let me tell you I’m in 100’s of sites and this would be my first choice to upgrade in and here is why – sure wish someone had told me that years ago.

To me this ONE benefit is worth the upgrade and I really don’t see many people using it or at least like they should.  This is so worth the upgrade as it not only lets you promote Affiliate Funnel so that you can earn commission but you also get to taylor the programs in this money page for just YOU.  How cool is that – here is my link to the page that I’m talking about.
http://www.affiliatefunnel.com/ymp/wisgrandma

So everytime that someone ask me what do you do, what is working for you, what sites do you promote, where do you earn money at – you can give them this ONE link and this helps open up the lines of communication for them to ask you questions.

Now here is another GREAT benefit for this page – you are on a limited budget and dont’ have the time to buy credits all over, you don’t have the time to surf 4 – 6 hours a day, you don’t have the hours that it takes to send out to all the mailers that you are a member of – this is one of my secrets.

Remember how you were taught to work smarter and not harder – this is one of those ways.  You can assign your 1000 credits to ONE url, can copy and paste an email to send out to mailers and don’t have to pick which ones – YOU have the chance to promote 9 sites with ONE url – seeing the bigger picture here?

Instead of dividing your 1000 credits between sites – why not  try this instead.  Oh I know most of you are saying but then you don’t have a banner to add – hmmmmmm well here is another secret that I do – make up generic banners like this and use them as they stand out from all the affiliate banners out there – here are some examples

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Now one more thing as I see that I’m getting long -winded here but being a site owner I see so many that don’t use all the resources and yes I’m talking about ALL even the text ads and here is one more little secret – when you get all those emails – pay attention to the headlines that caught your eye, make a notepad file of them call Swap Files.

Then use them for your text ads as most TE’s will give you 10 – 50 per credit – now think about that – oh know what you are thinking people don’t look at them well that is BS as if you will track your URL’s you will see that they do click.

Ok you twisted my arm, one more gold nugget here – write a one or two sentence about the your money page and then send them out in the mailers.  You DO NOT need a long body email as most are not going to read all that – they want to get to your link to earn that credit for clicking.

Yeaaaaaaa I can read your mind – you don’t think this works because so many sites are on the page – but you know the more mailers that you have this in and the more that a person sees YOUR MONEY PAGE – it may take dozen times, two dozen times – but if you keep it in their face – they are going to think this person is serious about this page as I see it all over – I really should pay more attention to it.

One last thing before I close on the benefits of belonging to Affiliate Funnel, you also can get additional training every Saturday at Noon EST where Marci Jones will share so many more gold nuggets, more ways to learn on line and why would you want to go and listen to her – she practices what she teaches and I know for a fact that it works – I’m one of them.  Want to hear one of her webinars – you can go here and listen as they are recorded in case you missed them http://www.affiliatefunnel.com/webinar.html?referer=wisgrandma

If anyone would like to talk to me further or have more questions you can Skype me @ nancyradlinger.  My Skype does get busy but I do answer all my messages so if I don’t answer right away just give me time as I will.

Fill Your Downline Builder Easy and Quick

coolcat2Well sometimes a program comes along and you think to your self as you read the info about it and you go yea right – fill your downlines easy and quick.  This is everyones dream – as when you join a site – each has a downline builder.

Sometimes, you look at all the blanks and go wowwwwww this is going to take me forever to get all my referrals ids in here.  Guess what, Marty Petrizza (one cool cat) has come out with an easy and quick solution for you.

Thinking in my head……….. Well Show Me……….. so I joined and I am just blown away at what I saw and how fast I have filled in downline builders at over 30 sites by just clicking a button that says update ID’s.  Now hold on, it can be that easy after you fill in your id at this site and then you click a button to a site that you want to fill in your downline builder – click check downline builder and it will ask you for the site login info and then it pulls in that site’s downline builder and compare it to what you have on this new site.

This site is called Downline Builder Elite and while doing mine I found some real eye openers and this program sure made me a believer.  One thing I would found out was that I always thought I was good about filling in downline builders to different sites as I try and do them right away.

cat11Well the shock for me is the ones that I thought were done were NOT done and all this time I have been missing out.  Because I track, I know how important downline builders are and the amount of referrals that you can get from them.  So shame on me for thinking I had done them all – I had NOT

The other shocker for me was the amount of errors that I had and this was another shame on me.  You see I know when you are filling out these a person can make mistakes or transpose numbers.  I even found one account that I had been deleted from for lack of activity and gave the site one more try – well there was my old ID in there did me absolutely NO GOOD at all.

Now I took the long way around in filling this out at Downline Builder Elite and it did initially take me awhile as when I was missing a site that I knew I was a member of – I also visited that site and depending on if it was a TE or a mailer – well I checked to see if I needed to assign credits etc while I was there or I sent out my mails while I was there.

161777811584436570_IxPBd3u7_bBut you know what the best part was when I did find a site that I had missed – with the click of a button the downline builder on that site was filled in automatically and that was just soooooooooo cool. So be ONE smart Cat today and click the banner below.

Now if you love downline builders like I do and you feel you might have missed filling in some like I did AND you might have composed some letters or numbers like I did THEN click this link now and take the time to fill in this downline builder – you will not regret it.

Now get over there and get your downline builder filled in and stop losing referrals and commissions – you know you have been.  Oh I almost forgot there is over 536 sites and more are being added – so I bet all your favorites ones are there – click the banner and go look.

 

But I can’t………………

Well today I thought I would finally break down and write this blog post as you would not believe how many times I hear people say but I can’t……….  Many of you know me as a quote junky and this one comes to mine

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So with that in mind, lets touch on a few basics here that I will think help you especially if you don’t have a particular program to promote but you are still looking for some way to earn commissions until you can have the time to test what is working for you.

Well one of the resources that I use and just love as it makes my life so much easier and almost as handy as any rotators is this affiliate downline builder page.  So you are new to TEland, mailers, limited budge, the marketing world and so many are telling you this and telling you that – back up and think about this for a minute.

17944098484828895_plIaqANF_bActually, I wish years ago when I started someone would have made this suggestion for me as it would have made my life so much easier.  How about if I could show you an easy way to promote 9 different programs all at the same time with the ONE url.

The reason that I bring up the ONE url – if you have been following my blog post you would remember that I suggest that you find ONE program and stay focused on that ONE program till you have a good downline and earning money.  If you missed that blog post you can read it here One is a Lonely Number

Well if you have joined some sites and really can’t make a decision yet about what is working for you and you still want to focus on that ONE url which will save you time in the long run – here is your answer.

As an upgraded member of Affiliate Funnel, I have the choice of this awesome splash page – ONE url and the programs that I am promoting or recommending.  Now remember when I said this is as good as a rotator – well it is as if you find that one program in your list here is not performing for you like it should you can come to the Affiliate Funnel site and edit this page.

Nancy Radlinger recommends………

Seriously now – look at this page closely – this is one of the best branding pages out there if you ask me – it has my name, my picture and even says I recommend – what more could you ask for when someone ask you what you do online and what programs are working for you or that you recommend – You can give them this ONE url, ONE page to look at as you go thru each program and tell them the reasons why – don’t that sound like it could make your life easier.

Think about how much time this will save you  – you can put in ONE url and assign your credits – you can write ONE email to add to mailers with what you recommend – short and sweet huh?  So the next time that you say to yourself but I can’t – change that to I can and I will.

Don’t know if you noticed that the bonus on this page is that you can show people this page and if they want a page like this – they can click on this page and join Affiliate Funnel – believe me this works as I get referrals from this page all the time.  AND if you remember at the beginning, I has said I was an upgraded member – well this page helps me earn monthly from this site – it can you too – click now and make your life easier for yourself.

“We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.”
Rudyard Kipling

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment.
When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit.
When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”
Art Turock

 

Points For You To Ponder

Well most of you know well enough by now that I listen and read what others have to say and then I have to share my two cents so I have some points for you to ponder.

Judging others

judgingcat3Way too often I see or hear about other site owners judging others for something they might be trying especially if it’s out of the norm.  And here lately, it’s because this one might be opening too many sites or another might be asking people to pay them directly to their Paypal account to keep from paying commissions and the list goes on and on.

Well I am still old fashioned enough that I still believe in ye without sin cast the first stone – and I just don’t understand how some can put themselves up on this high pedestal – don’t know about you but my mom always told me that being on that pedestal – there is always someone that wants to knock you off.

Just because you have been around the TE World for awhile, or might have more experience programming your own site, or think that you have learned it all – it still does not give you the right to judge others – period.  In my opinion, you should be focusing that time in figuring out how you can make me happy and get the results that I’m looking for.

Set of Rules to Abide By

peteThis one really gets me as I listen to this “set of rules” that some have come up with and that should be followed when running your own site or in your promoting another site.  Last I heard, we are still in a country where I still have the freedom to run my site the way I see so it will benefit my site and the members. Also, I can promote what program I want – or did we lose our freedom?

Now before you go thinking we are protecting others from being screwed over – and again who made you judge and jury?  Grant you there are some programs out there that are questionable but I don’t feel I’m qualified to decide which they are – just my opinion is I should be focused on my site and know in my heart what I am doing is legal and morally right period.

Stop straddling the fence. Again it’s these same people that talk about others yet do the same behind the scenes and I see that all the time.  How can a person preach one thing and then do the same thing they are saying others should not be doing.  How can a person put down another person for trying it their way and then publically be put down them for it BUT yet keep taking that persons money for an upgrade at their site?

Cheaters?

Who wrote the cheaters handbook?  What or who is a cheater?  When should a person be suspended?  AND if you suspend the cheaters, do they still count the that total member total that you brag about? What happened to being innocent until proven guilty?  Did that go by the wayside also?

judgingcatGrant you there are many cheaters out there and yes they should be stopped but the ones that point fingers really should look at the 3 pointing back at them.  Do you really do everything by the book?  Do you not find shortcuts that shouldn’t be used?  Do you not make deals with others behind the scene?  So who is cheating really?  Think about that the next time you make a deal with someone – who are you cheating out of their commissions?

Lifetime Upgrades

Well this one could be a post in itself as I have really caught hell (excuse my English) that I didn’t put out one of those cheap lifetimes on the mailer that I just launched.  Well Just my opinion, lifetimes are just fast money for an owner.  If the owner was serious about their sites, plan on being around for the long haul then there are expenses that go with it.

Lot of owners get in trouble offering these cheap lifetimes and then wonder why they can’t pay the commissions.  When a lifetime is offered and a person is getting 50 % commissions – you just took in 1/2 the money your should and you cut that recurring income out by offering that lifetime.

AND don’t go and make some low upgrade that is just a few credits above what free members get and put the word lifetime on it.  Come on we are not that stupid that we are going to buy that crap – just so we can say we have a lifetime at your site.  AND yes that does happen – people have been brain washed with that word lifetime.  It’s a trigger word just like free, discount, sale, etc.  Make sure that you read the fine print before you buy and that site owner laughs all the way to the bank.

60728294946944041_qNywDCq7_bWell I see that I got long winded again but feel better that got some things off my chest.  If you are looking for an honest, hard working owner, they are out there.  Don’t get caught up in the crap you read or hear about others.  The bottom line is TRACK YOUR RESULTS – this will show you the true facts about sites and where you should be with your advertising.  What works for someone else not always works for you – you have to take the time and find out what works for YOU.

Viral Commissions

364806082Well, I am a member of many, many (sometimes too many) sites and I have to say I have never seen a site like this before and am sure you have not either unless you are already a member – it’s call Viral Commissions.

Viral Commissions is a viral system delivering free banner ads and text ads and paying out instant commissions – yea I said instant – crazy huh?  When you sign up there are multiple offers that a person can choose from.  Depending on those offers will determine how much you get your instant payments.

Once inside, you fill out your profile including your Paypal addy and then promote, promote, promote and watch your instant payments start coming in.  I wound up taking money that I earned from another site I’m in and took the chance and went for the founding member right away.

Well are you setting down, I made that back in instant payments within ONE day – yea you heard me right ONE day.  All I did was send out a few emails to my list and $11, $27 and even one $97 started coming in – I’m telling you I have never seen a program work like this and so fast.

60728294946944041_qNywDCq7_bWe all know the name of the game is getting your ads out in rotation in as many places as possible.   So how do you do that without breaking your budget or slaving for hours clicking for credits?

Just add a little bit of VIRAL advertising to the mix and watch your hit counter soar! But that’s not the only thing that’s got me excited about Viral Commissions…   I earn INSTANT commissions directly to my Paypal every time one of my new  referrals upgrades!  How’s that for a quick fix to your cash flow problems?

Don’t moan about not having enough traffic or commissions! Join me over at Viral Commissions now and put the power of viral to work for YOU!

Referral vs Affiliate – which are you?

It’s interesting in my years of working online that I have seen many talk about building questions3their list, getting referrals and being an affiliate Marketer. Which type of marketer do you try to add to your downline? Do you know the difference?

The definition of referral is an act of referring someone or something for consultation, review or further action. When you have a product or service you wish to share with others, what reasons do you have to help convince them to join you in the program you are promoting? In other words, you know what is in it for you, but what is in it for those you are trying to refer? Are you giving them access to something they can learn from? Is it an Opportunity you just want them to check out? What action are you wanting your
referral to take?

It is great to share a system that you feel is a good opportunity with others. But you need to also consider what is the purpose of your referral taking action on this opportunity? Are you just asking that they join a site, even if they remain a free Member there? Is this one action taken by your potential downline member or affiliate going to fulfil Your goals in the program?

Ask yourself?
Did I just advertise a page on the chance that someone would see the ad and sign up?
Did I barter with someone in a chat room and tell them I will join one of your sites if you join mine?

Did you offer a bribe (free upgrade, credits and even cash) for them to join your site?  Look at your list and ask yourself where did I get these referrals, how did I get these referrals and did any of them take the action I wanted them to take? I think you will be surprised at your answers when you really think about it.

Now the definition of an affiliate is a person or organization officially attached to a larger anothernumberbody.  Oh I know you are thinking well what does this have to do with marketing – hear me out just a moment longer.

Over the years, while building my Team, I have learned to watch for different things and I also have learned to open the doors of communication with my downline.
Everyone thinks I’m crazy for putting my Skype out there, my email out there, all my social sites out there – well to me that is having a door that people can knock
on and communicate with me.

Yes, there are many marketers online that make good money playing the numbers game and don’t care that many unsubscribe from their list a day as more join and replace them – well I learned quickly, that was not my style.

My style is helping others and I am looking for partners (synonym for affiliate)  I am looking for people would walk the walk and not just talk the talk.  Does that take some work on my part – yes it does but let me tell you it’s worth the extra work!

An Affiliate, to me, is worth their weight in gold and if you are a “go to” person for them 004I054YQm2and are there for them when they need a question answered – you have an Affiliate for life!  One that will follow you, with no questions asked, as they have learned to trust you – you have made them feel they are MORE than a number on your list of referrals.

Once an affiliate has that confidence in YOU, has been taught the benefits, and has learned that they have a person to go to if they have questions or get stuck
(and we all need a boost occasionally)…YOU WILL BE SO GLAD YOU TOOK THE TIME to work with this affiliate!

Why?  This affiliate will be the one that takes action! They have a blueprint of what they need to do, they have the confidence they need to talk to others, they have been shown how it works and you might even hear – “Wow! This is the first time I have ever earned any money online!” And they will want to repeat that activity over and over again!

So, take a look at your list and would love to hear from you, are they a referral or an affiliate?  AND while you are at it – think about your upline – who did you join under
in a particular program – referral vs affiliate – which are you?

I would love to hear your comments, your thoughts, your opinions as this is how I keep learning – so feel free to share!

Thank you for stopping by!

Why Global Ad Share?

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Well I finally got a chance to share my newest site that is working for me and when read – keep an open mind and keep reading as I want to tell you why Global Ad Share.

First of all if you have not heard of Global Ad Share – I’m not going into all the details and repeat what it is, how it works etc. when the owner has done an awesome job of this on his own blog – so just going to send you there.  Asher’s Blog

The reason that I want you to go to his blog is to read about the owners, see the programs that he has already been doing and is successful in.  Now I know most of you just cringe with the words matrix, revenue sharing, and cycler.

Believe me I can relate as I also said NO MORE – and yes I was in Just Been Paid, Profit Clicking, Zeek Rewards, Profitable Sunrise and so I know exactly what you are
thinking BUT there are a few things about this one that really caught my eye on being different.

One was a PIF (pay it forward) that was offered to me and the $5.00 mini adpack that was set up for free members.  So what happened was that my sponsor transferred me the $5.00 and said buy the mini adpack and then when it matures it will automatically upgrade you when it matures and you will get 150% return on your $5.00.

Then after you mini adpack cycles and you are upgraded (which it will do automatically the first mini adpack) you have 30 days to watch the program and make your decision on what you want to do.  So how can you say no to an offer like that and where do you get a change to test drive a site that is going to earn you money and it not cost you anything up front.

So I said ok as I trusted my upline and sure enough the mini cycled out, I got my upgrade on auto just like she said – I watched as the money grew and I bought a$10.00 adpack and it cycled out to the 150% which was 15.00.  And since then I have been reinvesting the money earned in more adpacks and also offering friends of mine the same deal with the PIF.

AND yes I did test the withdrawal as it states withing 24 hours – well they are right I put in a withdrawal request and had my money in 6 hours – now I don’t know about you but NEVER did I get my withdrawals from those other companies that fast.

In the meantime, I keep buying adpacks and promoting my traffic exchange (Zaney Clicks) for more exposure as this site is growing and it’s great to be seen on a site that is very active – so it’s a win win for me – promote my site and earn money at the same time – love it.

There is a Skype support room filled with knowledgeable GAS (Global Ad Share) members that are very willing to help you and this room stays active but not very many questions – mostly excited, happy Gassers telling about the money they are making.

So if you would like to join me and my TEAM, Skype me @nancyradlinger or message me @ wisgrandma@yahoo.com with Interest in GAS as I get so many emails and have it filtered for these messages and I will get back with you and go from there.

Also, if you are on my team – I will add your referral link to my GAS referrals rotator and you will be promoted – I believe in helping my team – a happy team is a growing team.

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Discover Hidden Profits With Affiliate Marketing And Your Blog Or Site

affiliatemarketingThis article will be a great asset when you the knowledge you need to get started. The following article provides important tips below provide some great advice that will help you achieve your affiliate marketing goals.

Secret links can be useful but they could be a search engine to assess your website as untrustworthy so use them with care. There are several techniques of affiliate links so that they are not obvious to your viewers. Be transparent about them if you use of links and take advantage of their use. Be sure that potential customers do not be surprised by content that is irrelevant.

Only put your stamp of approval on products you know about and truly trust and like. The products that you promote are a reflection of your taste. You will keep customers by recommending quality products and prices.

This can help interest people to buy your product. Make sure that your reviews as specific and detailed to give people the information they want.

Trivia questions on banner ads will promote more frequent and prolonged visits to your site. Most people cannot abstain from clicking that. You can make your potential customers with a special offer to the question.

Starting small can be the best way to work your new affiliate marketing is important to success. You will learn as you go and increase your possibilities for successful sales right from the start. This education will help you expand into other territories.

A common scam is done through using a vendor’s tracking system for self-serving purposes. Avoid any potential accounting discrepancies entirely by using a reliable tracking system.

Create deadlines for your customers to buy certain affiliate product. If your product is available on a limited basis, they will be more apt to buy it. This can be a wonderful way to increase sales.

Try using pop-under ads as opposed to pop-up ads. Many consumers use browsers which block pop-ups, so your readers will never even see them. Research shows that these new pop under ads have a better response than pop-up ads.

Affiliate marketing requires start-up investment. It is a wise to spend your marketing budget on advertising on various big brand websites. Google, Yahoo, if you do it the right way.

One way for affiliate marketers to see success is by creating a contest or contest. This is a great idea to bring your visitors keep coming back to your site and encourage them to circulate information about your site if your contest or price is attractive enough.

Using an affiliate network will increase your marketing tip. These networks provide a great way to work only with advertisers. Using this tool can connect good webmasters with reliable network and become a better webmaster. You can have a good reputation through working with networks that are established.

You should have the tools to be a successful affiliate marketer now. With the information you’ve read today, you should be on your way to becoming an expert! By using all the resources at your disposal, your preparation should be complete and you’re ready to get your website set up for successful affiliate marketing.

Great Dog Story and Well Worth the Reading!!

They told me the big black Lab’s name was Reggie,

as I looked at him lying in his pen.

The shelter was clean, no-kill,

and the people really friendly.

I’d only been in the area for six months, but

everywhere I went in the small college town, people

we’re welcoming and open. Everyone waves

when you pass them on the street.

But something was still missing as I attempted to settle

in to my new life here, and I thought a dog couldn’t hurt.

Give me someone to talk to. And I had just seen

Reggie’s advertisement on the local news. The shelter

said they had received numerous calls right after,

but they said the people who had come down

to see him just didn’t look like “Lab people,”

whatever that meant. They must’ve thought I did.

But at first, I thought the shelter had misjudged me

in giving me Reggie and his things, which consisted

of a dog pad, bag of toys almost all of which were

brand new tennis balls, his dishes and

a sealed letter from his previous owner.

See, Reggie and I didn’t really hit it off when we got home.

We struggled for two weeks (which is how long the shelter

told me to give him to adjust to his new home). Maybe it

was the fact that I was trying to adjust, too.

Maybe we were too much alike.

I saw the sealed envelope. I had completely forgotten

about that. “Okay, Reggie,” I said out loud, “let’s see

if your previous owner has any advice.”

To Whomever Gets My Dog:

Well, I can’t say that I’m happy you’re reading this,

a letter I told the shelter could only be opened by

Reggie’s new owner. I’m not even happy writing it.

He knew something was different.

So let me tell you about my Lab in the hopes

that it will help you bond with him and he with you.

First, he loves tennis balls. The more the merrier.

Sometimes I think he’s part squirrel, the way he hoards them.

He usually always has two in his mouth, and he tries to get

a third in there. Hasn’t done it yet. Doesn’t matter where

you throw them, he’ll bound after them, so be careful.

Don’t do it by any roads.

Next, commands. Reggie knows the

obvious ones —“sit,” “stay,” “come,” “heel.”

He knows hand signals, too: He knows “ball”

and “food” and “bone” and “treat” like nobody’s business.

Feeding schedule: twice a day, regular

store-bought stuff; the shelter has the brand.

He’s up on his shots. Be forewarned: Reggie hates the vet.

Good luck getting him in the car. I don’t know how he

knows when it’s time to go to the vet, but he knows.

Finally, give him some time. It’s only been Reggie and

me for his whole life. He’s gone everywhere with me,

so please include him on your daily car rides if you can.

He sits well in the backseat, and he doesn’t bark

or complain. He just loves to be around people,

and me most especially.

And that’s why I need to share one more bit of info with you…

His name’s not Reggie. He’s a smart dog, he’ll get used to it

and will respond to it, of that I have no doubt. But I just couldn’t

bear to give them his real name. But if someone is reading this …

well it means that his new owner should know his real name.

His real name is “Tank.” Because, that is what I drive.

I told the shelter that they couldn’t make “Reggie” available

for adoption until they received word from my company commander.

You see, my parents are gone, I have no siblings, no one I could’ve

left Tank with … and it was my only real request of the Army upon my deployment

to Iraq, that they make one phone call to the shelter …

in the “event” … to tell them that Tank could be put up for adoption.

Luckily, my CO is a dog-guy, too, and he knew where my platoon

was headed. He said he’d do it personally. And if you’re reading this,

then he made good on his word.

Tank has been my family for the last six years, almost as long

as the Army has been my family. And now I hope and pray that

you make him part of your family, too, and that he will adjust

and come to love you the same way he loved me.

If I have to give up Tank to keep those terrible people from coming

to the US I am glad to have done so. He is my example of service and

of love. I hope I honored him by my service to my country and comrades.

All right, that’s enough. I deploy this evening and have to drop this letter

off at the shelter. Maybe I’ll peek in on him and see if he finally got

that third tennis ball in his mouth.

Good luck with Tank. Give him a good home, and

give him an extra kiss goodnight – every night – from me.

Thank you,

Paul Mallory

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I folded the letter and slipped it back in the envelope. Sure,

I had heard of Paul Mallory, everyone in town knew him,

even new people like me. Local kid, killed in Iraq a few

months ago and posthumously earning the Silver Star

when he gave his life to save three buddies.

Flags had been at half-mast all summer.

I leaned forward in my chair and rested my

elbows on my knees, staring at the dog.

“Hey, Tank,” I said quietly.

The dog’s head whipped up, his ears

cocked and his eyes bright.

“C’mere boy.”

He was instantly on his feet, his nails clicking on the hardwood floor.

He sat in front of me, his head tilted, searching for the name

he hadn’t heard in months. “Tank,” I whispered.

His tail swished.

I kept whispering his name, over and over, and each time,

his ears lowered, his eyes softened, and his posture relaxed

as a wave of contentment just seemed to flood him. I stroked

his ears, rubbed his shoulders, buried my face into

his scruff and hugged him.

“It’s me now, Tank, just you and me. Your old pal gave you to me.”

Tank reached up and licked my cheek.

“So whatdaya say we play some ball?”

His ears perked again.

“Yeah? Ball? You like that? Ball?”

Tank tore from my hands and disappeared into the next room.

And when he came back, he had three tennis balls in his mouth.

If you can read this without getting a lump in your

throat or a tear in your eye, you just ain’t right.

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“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in

front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”
G. K. Chesterton

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