Below you'll find an article by Mark Davies.
Here are six essential practices to maximizing your income as an Affiliate Marketer!
If you are like most new affiliate marketers, you have signed up as an affiliate and posted links and are actively promoting products but you are making few sales. Here are things that you can do to start making real profits:
#1 – Build your own Website:
You need to build your own website to promote the products. Make sure it has its own paid for domain name (mybizsite.com), not a free site like (mybizsite.othersitename.com). If you have been using free hosting, people looking at your site will not take your business seriously. If you don't know how to build a website there are many services that offer simple website building programs for a small fee or you can hire someone build a site for you. Check out elance.com where website designers will bid for the opportunity to build a site for you!
#2 – Write reviews of the products you are promoting:
You need to know the products you are promoting! It is crucial that you purchase all the products you are promoting so that you can write honest reviews about them. Let potential customers know that you are using these products and why they are worth buying! You then need to post these reviews on your website, in your newsletters and in articles.
#3 – Get yourself a Blog:
I recommend that you get a Blog and link it to your website. This will allow you to create discussions on the blog about the products you are selling and list any updates to your regular website. Blogs that are updated and posted to regularly (I recommend every other day) are indexed quicker by the search engines than are new websites, and after the blog is indexed, the pages you have linked to the blog will also get indexed. This is a very powerful way to get your Continue reading
Those that invest years of their time gaining experience in a particular field review a vast amount of information. Translating the information into knowledge requires the skills of organization, prioritization, and collaboration. From those with both the experience and the skills, you can acquire wisdom.
After blogging for several years now, I find the greatest value, and wisdom, comes from bloggers that express their point of view based on their personal knowledge and experience; before they send readers off to another website via a link. When you post a link on your blog, tell your readers why you recommend the link and add your own unique content. The end result creates value for your readers as you foster a relationship with them.
Did you ever wonder where the term “weblog” came from? A guy named Jorn Barger coined the term in December 1997. And yes, he has many years of experience on the web. Barger is a philosophical guy and his advice can be somewhat esoteric but he does share his wisdom. Here are a few of his blogging tips that I like from a brief article published at Wired.com:
1. Re-post your favorite links from time to time for people who missed them the first time. Here are a few of my favorites: Continue reading
Not many know it but, content management systems (CMS) are replacing websites and savvy website developers are using certain blog functions as both management and marketing tools. And, as we discuss frequently with business owners, CMS-driven websites are hands down one of the most cost-effective online marketing tools. In fact, many small business owners are generating enough revenue from their blogs that their "blog" is now their "business" (these fortunate few no longer have real jobs). How did they do this? Several ways but first let's take a look at a few blogging facts.
Citation from the Wall Street Journal,
New Services Help Bloggers Bring in Ad Revenue by Kelly Spors:
If you're not making money off your blog, 2008 might be the year.
As more people see potential in earning money off the Internet, there is a quickly expanding array of advertising services and tools for bloggers that go well beyond the standard pay-per-click [PPC] text ads or display ads.
Many of the most widely used programs are adding features to allow users to customize the appearance and placement of ads on their sites. Some also are introducing newer money-making mediums such as audio and video. . . [You can read the full WSJ article here.]
What the WSJ article doesn't tell you is "all of the story." For example, Darren Rowse of ProBlogger.com explains how difficult it was to build his business; and a little luck didn't hurt as he discusses here. I personally discovered Darren's blog well over a year ago. He does an excellent job but he admits his success is an anomaly. Let's face it, most business owners are not interested in becoming professional bloggers. However, this doesn't mean they can't use blog technology to market online, lower their annual website costs and improve their ROI. That's the real story but first let's get back to our discussion concerning how to generate blog revenue. Continue reading
If you are looking for income for your website, check out this offer from AuctionAds. They are offering $25 to new accounts and, in some cases, existing accounts. Here's their promo:
We have a great way for you to promote AuctionAds and earn 5% affiliate referrals. Spread the word (use this link AuctionAds) that we are offering an instant $25.00 balance to all new publishers who sign up for AuctionAds! New publishers just need to sign up and they will receive a balance of $25.00 automatically.
Please note if you signed up with us previously and have never earned a payout we will bump your current balance to $25 too! Our minimum payout is also being raised to $50 but everyone who hasn’t earned a payout to date will be halfway there already! By publicizing this promotion on your blog using your affiliate link you can take advantage of receiving 5% of all revenue generated by new AA publishers you refer for a full six months. Thanks again and look for more AA news soon.
Can't beat the offer if you're interested in getting paid immediately just for signing up. We use AuctionAds to generate income for some of our client's blogs and websites. We also use Text Link Ads, which consistently generates more income than Google.
Yet another way to make a few bucks on your blogs and websites; this one looks like a real winner. In affiliation with Text Link Ads and eBay, Auction Ads displays current eBay auctions on your site based on keywords you select. I rec'd this promo from them this morning (click on the image to see it in full size):
Editor's Note: I displayed the ad on my AMG Mercedes-Benz | Enthusiasts blog. The ad was placed in the sidebar for a little over a week. Unfortunately, there were only four clicks and no revenue. Therefore, I removed the ad due to its poor performance. Let me know if you try it and you get better results.
We created a Top 10 Firefox Add-ons list based on the review of more than a dozen lists published by colleagues, friends, and website pros. Given the length of the content, we created a separate page for you. And, you will also find links to lists published by others for Firefox add-ons, plug-ins, and Firefox extensions. Here's the link to the full-page:
Choosing the best Firefox add-ons is becoming a personal preference given there are thousands available. Try a few of the add-ons and stick with the ones that enhance your surfing experience.
If you're not using Firefox as your web browser, you should. Most pro bloggers and website developers use it because of the enhanced features it offers. To download your free copy of Firefox go to this link.
[PLEASE NOTE: The info is published on a separate page because the content is too long for a blog post here. Please comment here if you would like to recommend an add-on of your own.]
VIRGINIA, Jan. 9, 2007 – AIM Custom Media | PR News – The 2007 Marketing Wisdom Report has been released by our friends at the MarketingSherpa. The marketing report features 110 real-life stories and tips from marketers.
Read the report to learn about improving your e-newsletters, marketing campaigns, online content, websites, and blogs. You can view and save the report by following this link: MarketingSherpa Marketing Wisdom Report – Free PDF File
Hundreds of MarketingSherpa readers contributed their stories and quotes for this fifth Annual Report. According to the MarketingSherpa, the editorial team had to winnow the stories down to the "best" submissions. There are numerous ideas and examples for your 2007 marketing campaigns.
Performancing for Firefox is a full featured blog editor that resides in your Firefox browser and lets you post directly to your blog while surfing. You can drag and drop formatted text from any web page you are browsing, take notes, and post without going to your blog's admin panel.
Once installed, hit "F8" or click the little pencil icon at the bottom right of your browser window to bring up the blog editor. You can set it up to post directly to your WordPress, MovableType or Blogger blogs.
Performancing is a handy little tool for those that manage multiple blogs and post frequently.
Ajax represents a fundamental shift in the methods used by programmers to deliver web applications.
What does Ajax do?
In layman’s terms, Ajax uses the power of the “client” computer (your computer) to quickly provide all types of data. Using Ajax techniques allows small amounts of data to be delivered to your computer without the need for a full page refresh, which requires more resources and takes longer. Common uses include updating or deleting records, expanding web forms, simple search queries, and retrieving text.
Digg.com and Google Maps are two of a seemingly endless number of sites now using Ajax techniques.
Ajax: a new approach to web applications
Feb. 2005: The term “Ajax” was coined by Jesse James Garner of Adaptive Path. The link above takes you to his site where you will find a comprehensive description of Ajax.
Ajax Tutorial – this site provides an extensive collection of Ajax info for the tech savvy.
Ajax on Wiki – exhaustive definition, history, and additional Ajax resources (tech heavy).
[tags] Ajax, Ajax tutorial, Adaptive Path, Digg.com, eoecho.com, eoecho [/tags]
After reading about AdBrite, I decided to give it a try on my AMG Mercedes-Benz | Enthusiasts blog. Similar to Google, AdBrite allows you to choose between text and image ads, tracks clicks, and displays results. Setup was unusually simple and quick.
If you use AdBrite, let me know if it is working for you. Tips for using it?
[tags] AdBrite, Blog revenue, text ads, eoecho.com, eoecho [/tags]
If Zooomr, Photobucket, Flickr, or Shutterfly mean anything to you, check out Read/Write’s review of photo sharing space (link provided below). Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus, this faceoff review compares features and discusses a few of the pros and cons for each service. It is a great read for anyone just starting their quest for a photo sharing space on the web.
For my photo sharing I use Flickr, which is owned by Yahoo. It is one of the most popular sites, offers loads of features, and it isn’t that hard to set up. The reveiw authors at Read/Write believe Flickr can be difficult for the non-techie to set up; I disagree, it was pretty easy to get it up and running.
Here’s the link to the full review by Alex and Richard:
The Web Photo Sharing Site Faceoff
PS: Make sure you read the comments to the review, there are a few things they forgot while compiling their review.
[tags] photo sharing sites, photo sharing review, Flickr, eoecho.com, eoecho [/tags]
Here is a nice pinging service feature provided by Blog Flux.
It pings several services and shows the results for each:
[tags] ping service, blog flux, blogging tips, eoecho.com, eoecho [/tags]