Frequent 1WineDude.com readers may have noticed a sharp-looking widget over in the sidebar titled “3 Wine Picks.” This little bugger comes courtesy of winecliQ, the brainchild of AmericanWinery.com, which I helped to test during their private beta.
winecliQ has now moved out into public beta, which means that you can jump into the winecliQ fun if you’re so inclined. The idea behind the program can be summed up (in the words of AmericanWinery.com) as “Drink Wine, Get Paid.” A summary / overview from the winecliQ website:
Select your favorite wines at AmericanWinery.com. Add ‘em to your winecliQ. Promote your picks through email, Facebook, your blog, website, etc.
People who dig your style buy the wines you recommend direct from the wineries through a secure checkout.
Wineries handle shipping and customer service.
You get cash just for talking about the wines you like.
Now your wine “hobby” can pay for itself!
There are new FTC regulations that could end up throwing a wet blanket on the winecliQ party, but as far as I’m aware there’s nothing stopping you from joining and possibly profiting from it in the short term if you have a blog or website. In addition to the sidebar widget, you can also get a customized landing page for your wine picks, and an “individget” that can be used to highlight individual wine picks (if they’re available for sale on AmericanWinery.com, that is).
There’s also been a Ning.com social network set up for winecliQ users at social.winecliq.com. Can’t say I’m making a mint from this, but I do like the idea of supporting American wineries that I think are making good juice, and possibly cashing in on that… someday…
Anyway – worth checking out especially if you’re blogging about U.S. wine.
Reality sometimes has a way of bringing strange and awesome congruence to a situation by weaving previously unrelated streams together into a better-together, greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts style mash-up. Bananas & pancakes. Peanut Butter and Chocolate. Bacon and… well, bacon and anything.
So… this weekend my E-mail Inbox was getting flooded with notifications from twitter, the micro-blogging platform that connects people by allowing them to broadcast short messages of 140 characters or less describing what they’re up to and… well… uhm… well it’s just the sort of thing that you sort of need to be using before you totally understand it. Sort of.
Anyway, I figured that something was going on, because while I tend to get a few additional follows on twitter almost every day, this weekend the number of twitter notifications was hitting SPAM-like levels, and I was totally at a loss as to why, but in these situations you don’t question good fortune, you just hope enough people stick around after they figure out that they’ve mistaken you for a celebrity or whatever.
Turns out that a recent post by Dale Cruse, which listed me among 11 others as “Must Follow” winos on twitter, was picked up by uber-blogger Darren Rowse, the mastermind behind the truly awesome and inspiring ProBlogger.net. Darren featured the post on TwiTip.com, which is one of the key twitter resources for anyone who “gets” the fact that twitter is not used exclusively by 14 year old girls and is actually a vibrant and powerful social media platform in its own right. Darren also has about a quadzillion twitter followers.
So I was very happy to see that the influx of new followers had a logical explanation, and I’m deeply grateful to Dale and to Darren for the exposure. Check out the entire post (and see the rest of the list, which features some awesome wine twitter folk) at http://www.twitip.com/12-must-follow-wine-people-on-twitter/.
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