16 August 2013, by A. Cedilla
One of the most effective ways to earn money online is by affiliate marketing programs. When a big business decides to make more money by sharing it with people who refer business their way, everybody wins, including the end customer. Amazon kicked off this now-common business model when it started paying websites owners for directing customers to their site, and the idea (and its supporting technology) has been refined considerably since its early start. With the powerful software available today, it’s simple to set up an affiliate program.
Now if you want to check on examples of affiliate programs online, you’d be overwhelmed with data. For large scale models, the best and the original would be Amazon.com. Chances are you may have been a customer at some point in the past, so with that mindset in reserve, you can go examine how Amazon does it from a merchant’s point of view. It is, after all, the largest online marketplace, so they must be doing more than a few things right.
Affiliate programs are helpful more than just financially. When you run one of your own, your affiliates all get their own personal affiliate link to track their referrals and help figure out their commissions. Those link go back and point to your site. The more links you have, the better your link popularity –which can bump up your page rank in the search engines.
You don’t, however, get all those benefits without laying out some serious planning and effort.
Now, there are different kinds of affiliate programs out there. The common denominator is that they will pay for referrals, the differences lie in how and what they pay for, precisely.
You need to know what you want to happen with your products, services and business model. You have to factor in your market, your business goals and then check if running such a program is right for you. Continue reading Is Affiliate Management Right For You?
02 September 2008, by A. Cedilla
Many entrepreneurs, micro-enterprises and companies use affiliate marketing as the quick solution to getting relatively low cost, highly focused traffic to their websites or to a “warm-up” site that boosts the chances of a customer actually buying something from the main site.
The affiliate marketing solution is a solid and very effective web marketing method which helps reduce a company’s overall marketing costs in the following ways:
- Because the company only pays for quality performance , they don’t have to shoulder the usual costs and problems included in using permanent workers, like taxes, health insurance, benefits, absenteeism, etc;
- It’s the most efficient use of outsourcing available now, where the company pays for a service on a microscopic scale which eliminates outsourcing companies adding a mark-up to cover risks taken or money invested.
Affiliates are prepared to risk and the first to take advantage of new emerging trends and technologies where more established advertisers do not dare to be active, and it is this nimble economy that affiliates can best earn their money. Why?
Continue reading Back To Basics: Affiliate Marketing Benefits
01 September 2008, by A. Cedilla
Online affiliate marketing has become by far one of the most effective, efficient and easiest ways to make your products and brand known, and make money at the same time. It’s also considered a very profitable and beneficial revenue sharing business relationship between the affiliate marketer and the merchant.
What is affiliate marketing?
Simply put affiliate marketing is a revenue sharing agreement between a business owner – the merchant – and a website owner -the affiliate. The website owner agrees to promote the products or services and the merchant who offers them. He advertises the merchant’s products or services on his site– you may remember various ads, links and banners on websites or popular blogs you’ve just visited — and in return gets a commission for every successful referral.
Every time a prospect is referred to the merchant’s web site through the affiliate’s efforts and makes a purchase (pay-per-sale method) or visits (pay-per-click method) or registers (pay per-lead method) he earns a commission. Unless one of these actions takes place the merchant does not pay anything.
Continue reading Back To Basics: Affiliate Marketing
28 December 2007
A manual traffic exchange is a membership web site that allows you to view web pages selected by other members and allows other members to view web pages you select. In other words, a traffic exchange allows members to exchange traffic between their sites.
You can sign up as a free traffic exchange member or as a paid member with a monthly subscription. Once you sign up, you will have the opportunity to provide the URLs for several web pages of your choosing. You may also be able to include banner ads and text ads.
Continue reading How to Use Traffic Exchanges Effectively
November 1, 2007
“Blogging, blogging everywhere, not a penny in my account”. Some people are able to earn a handsome amount of money from blogging, but for some people, earning from blogging is a far-fetched dream. If you are among the few who are yet to know what blogging means or if you do not know how to earn from your blog, here is an attempt to present a road map to start earning from your blog.
Blogging is defined as “A frequent, chronological publication of personal thoughts and Web links”. Simply speaking, blogging means writing and publishing your thoughts and views. Blogs attract lot of traffic as they have a casual approach of presentation of views and they provide an excellent platform for discussion.
Blogging usually begins with selecting a topic for your blog. Though you can create a blog for your random thoughts, it will not earn you money. You will find lot of articles on how to choose a profitable niche for your blog. You might even be tempted to look for ways of finding the most profitable keywords that will help fill your bank accounts.
The most important aspect to look for when selecting a topic for your blog is whether you really know anything about the selected topic. After all you are the one who would be writing on the blog. Certain keywords like Mesothelioma are supposedly good paying keywords on Google Adsense, but would you be able to write on this topic on an on going basis?
If the topic is on something that interests you, you will find yourself writing new articles and eventually providing a lot of interesting content for your readers.
Continue reading Blogging Revisited