Tuesday, April 29, 2008

8 Factors to Consider when Choosing Affiliate Programs

There are literally millions of affiliate programs on the Internet today. They're sitting there, waiting for someone like you to sign up and start promoting products. But not all programs will make you the money you want, and not all come from quality merchants. As an affiliate you need to weed out the good from the bad and find what's good for you so that you maximize your profits with less effort.

Affiliate marketing is currently a booming industry as more people quit their jobs to work for themselves at home. As such, an increasing number of merchants are beginning to provide affiliate programs. Many see the benefits of having someone else bring them customers and how cost efficient it can be to not pay salaries and benefits to an in-house sales force. It just makes sense.

I know that it can be extremely overwhelming to new affiliate entrepreneurs and even those who've been in the business for some time to choose the right affiliate programs. For many of us, it's a case of not wanting to waste time with a program that doesn't pay off. It can be a daunting task to figure out what to look for.

The one good thing to keep in mind is that unlike regular business ventures, you don't have to invest a lot of time or money to become an affiliate. If you choose the wrong merchant you can change rather easily without a significant loss. Of course however, we'd like to minimize the number of wrong merchants we join in the first place!

Let's consider 8 important points when trying to choose the right affiliate program.

1.Merchant Quality & Integrity

Every merchant is different. Some respect and value their affiliates, paying them a fair commission on-time for their efforts. Some merchants see affiliates as a free sales force to exploit (they bring me customers and I can pay them almost nothing – Ha Ha Ha!). Other merchants threw up a page on their website about an affiliate program years ago because 'everyone else was doing it' but nobody at the company even knows anything about it today.

Is the potential merchant reputable and honest? Do they have many affiliates or are you going to be the first? Call them, read their FAQ page, or find reviews by other affiliates online. How long have they been in business? If they've been around for a while, there's a good chance they will still be there tomorrow. Their Google PageRank value can be a good indicator of popularity. A '0' usually means a new business or one that websites don't link to whereas a higher number means longevity and more quality inbound links to the site. If you don't get a good vibe after visiting their website, you probably should avoid the program.

If the merchant has quality products that you believe in either because you've heard good things or because you have direct experience with them, you will find it much easier to become an affiliate with that merchant and recommend the product to your customers. If you can't stand behind the product you're selling, then you won't be able to maximize product sales. For example, if you hate fishing, don't try to sell fishing rods just because they're a hot item right now.

2.Commission Payout Amount

Many affiliates look only at the commission payout and decide whether to join the program based on the amount of money. If they're paying 90% commission it must be good right? Wrong! If you never are able to make a sale, then you get nothing! The question you want to ask is if the commission is reasonable for the product(s) you will be promoting. Are they compensating you adequately for the work you'll have to do to bring them customers? Obviously if two affiliate programs are offering the same product, the commission amount may hold more weight but I would recommend still considering other aspects of the program before diving in.

3.Commission Structure – CPA or Residual Income?

The vast majority of affiliate programs online pay you once for each sale. When you bring a new potential to the merchant and they convert, the merchant will pay you either a flat fee or a percentage of the sale. This is known as Cost-Per-Action (CPA) where the merchant incurs the cost when an action is performed (the customer buys, signs up, subscribes, etc.). Residual income however pays you a commission each time a customer buys something from the merchant or for each time they pay for their monthly subscription.

While residual income is very attractive and provides long-term passive income you should look closely at the type of affiliate program offering it. If a customer would never go back to buy anything or if they'd cancel their monthly subscription after the first month, a one time payment might be more appropriate and profitable. If however a one time payment isn't fair compensation because the customer you brought to the merchant would be a long-term client, then residual income is more appropriate. In general, recurring commissions are a better option because they provide income for life to you for efforts you did in the past.

4.Merchant's Website

Many affiliates forget that customers will be diverted to the merchant's website to complete the sale. What kind of website is it? Is it attractive and easy to navigate? The simple question to ask is “Will people buy from it? Would I buy from it?” If the site is amateurish, ugly, illegible, etc., you might be wasting your time becoming an affiliate because the merchant obviously hasn't invested in converting your traffic. Don't forget that you make money when customers buy!


Quality Merchants want you to succeed as an affiliate because you are essentially their sales team bringing in customers. Without you they wouldn't have gotten the customer! For some crazy reason, many merchants just don't get this fact - emails go unanswered, the website and creatives aren't updated, and phone calls aren't returned. It shouldn't take you hours to figure out the code to put up a new banner ad on your website or the details about a product. An affiliate manager or support team member should be available to answer your questions and help you make more money.

6.Market Saturation

A high demand product that can only be found in a few places will sell better for you than if it's available at every store on the Internet. You need to ask yourself if you'd be able to compete if you promoted the product. The type of website you develop determines to what degree market saturation will affect you.

If you are devoting an entire new website to the product, it may be difficult to get reasonable rankings and decent traffic because of competition. If you were advertising with PPC like Google AdSense, your ad might not even come up! If you have a niche site, market saturation might be less important because your site is targeted and you're already bringing in traffic that would be interested in the product.

7.Customer Demand

One of the biggest problems with Affiliate Marketers is that they don't know who their website visitors are. They find affiliate programs that they personally think are neat and place the banners on their website. You have to keep asking yourself if the traffic on your website want the product. Can you sell it to your customers?

Do your customers want the product? The closer the ad is related to your site, the easier it will be to get them to buy. Why? Because they're at your site for a reason and are already receptive to your content. Don't fall into the trap of placing just any banner on your site. You already have targeted traffic. What do they want?

8.Pre-made Creatives & Branded Websites

Most affiliates provide banners, buttons, images, text links, and more for affiliates to use. Some even provide complete branded websites that you can upload to your web server. These items make it very easy to start promoting the merchant's products. If you're clueless to graphic design or HTML, consider these items a must. Even if you find making creatives yourself a breeze, be careful you don't land up spending a lot of time making something the merchant has already provided.Most merchants want to see you succeed in promoting their products.

In Conclusion...

By considering the points above, you can avoid some common pitfalls that affiliates encounter. Use common sense, sign up with your favourite merchants, and start promoting products. Be cautious and prepared but don't spend countless hours trying to pick the perfect affiliate program – try a few and see how it goes.

What is Residual Income?

Residual income can be described as income that continues to come in even after you have already provided a product or service. It is ongoing constant income flowing into your account. The easiest way to think of residual income is “do the work once, get paid forever.” Residual income used to be limited to professions such as writers and musicians. Each time they sold a book or a CD they were paid a royalty. So basically they worked once [ofcourse good quality work] and they got paid lifetime. Now however, you can earn residual income from the comfort of your own home selling products that can have automated sales. Yes online media supports and enables you to earn a residual income.

With the internet a lot of new doors have opened in terms of making money and today only you are only limited by your imagination. You have the world available at your fingertips and you can Create Residual Income with very little effort. You don't have to work hard for years o gather any longer as long as you "work smart!”

One of the easiest ways to Create Residual Income is by joining affiliate programs with multiple tiers so that you get paid when others make money. On this page of itself you will find that I have collected some of the most trustworthy companies that can help you earn money by creating residual income. Many of them are free to join and they are all members of Better Business Bureau, I-Cop.com, International Association of Internet Entrepeneurs or other similar major organizations making sure that whatever choice you make you can feel safe that you are NOT being ripped off! Check out the various opportunities posted on the left side of this page.

Another great way to create residual income is by doing Type at Home work or Paid Survey work. You can read more about that by visiting some of the sites listed on this page this page. Check out the various opportunities posted on the left side of this page.

The beauty of residual income is that if you work hard now to create residual income you may not need to work ever again for the rest of your life as money for will flow in from the work you did once. Now, this is normally not the case as if you, say, sell memberships to a website people will cancel one day and then you will not be paid any longer for that member. So you should continue to make sales as they will add more money to the streams of residual income you already have!

Many people setting up their own home business do so with a plan to eventually replace their existing salary. Due to the regular nature of the payments, residual income is perfect for this.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

What are myfreeshares

After you join MyFreeShares ( for free ), you will get 1 share. You will be able to earn more shares by referring other people to our service ( 1 share per referral + 1 Share per Dollar they spend on advertising on our page ), or you can earn shares with clicking links and for joining Free and paid offers or with purchase advertising on our site.

We earn money by selling banner impressions, website ads and e-mail ads. All earnings are divided by total number of shares members have. That is how we get COMMISSION PER SHARE value.
e.g. if we earn $5 in 24 hours, and there are 1000 shares ( in total ), commission per share will be $5 / 1000 = $0.005.
So, if you have 200 shares, your commission ( that day ) will be
$0.005 x 200 = $1.0.

Minimum payout is $10. Payout options are Paypal, Alertpay , E-gold and MyFreeShares Debet Card. Money you earn will be sent to you on your request, maximum 10 days after requested.

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Earn 1 Share per $1 your referrals Spend on their Advertise page!
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What is SPAM?

Many a times i get to see people on net screaming hoarse - this is Spam that is Spam. Spam more than being defined technically has become more of a personal decision.

dictionary.com = to send many copies of a message (= ``junk'') on the Internet, n. Unsolicited e-mail, often of a commercial nature, sent indiscriminately to multiple mailing lists, individuals, or newsgroups; junk e-mail.

wikipedia.org = Spam originally referred to Spam (also written as SPAM), a canned meat product sold by the Hormel Foods Corporation. Since then, many other uses of the term have emerged.
# Spam (Monty Python), a Monty Python comedy sketch. The "Spam" in the sketch refers specifically to the meat. Most later uses of "spam" refer in one way or another to undesirable repetition, and this sketch is considered to be the most likely source of such uses of the term.
# Spam (electronic), unsolicited or undesired bulk electronic messages. There are many types of electronic spam, including

* E-mail spam, unsolicited e-mail.
* Mobile phone spam, unsolicited text messages.
* Forum spam, posting advertisements or useless posts on a forum.
* Spamdexing, manipulating a search engine to create the illusion of popularity for webpages.
* Spam in blogs, posting random comments or promoting commercial services to blogs, wikis, guestbooks.
* Newsgroup spam, advertisement and forgery on newsgroups.
* Messaging spam ("SPIM"), use of instant messenger services for advertisement or even extortion.

So folks finally what do u think is Spam? Spam could also mean this post!!

Share in your thoughts on a lighter side it can mean the posts that will follow here

So share in your thoughts

Monday, April 14, 2008

How to earn money from the net

Since a long time am observing people wanting directions on how to earn from the net. There are avid hunters of sites and there are those that really are lost and don’t know where and how to begin with.

Well let me show you here one of the many ways in which you can actually earn. Lets start with step one.

Step 1

Open a PayPal account. It is easy to open at the bank website. PayPal is one of the banks that is well accepted on the net and has good method of security.

Step 2

The next step is creating a blog. You can visit any of the free spaces on the net where you can commence your own blog. For instance blogger.com is a good space. Remember to give this lot of time and thought. You need to create a blog on a particular topic. This topic should be such that your can write imaginatively and originality is to be maintained. Don’t think of short cut methods of copy pasting from elsewhere. This is definitely not at all healthy. Have a practice to have a completely new post. Understand that the post is to benefit people who would come to your blog. It cannot be something of your own personal diary that others will not relate to and which will be of no use to others. You need to update and keep doing this for years to come. So be clear on what you would like to write on and be clear on what kind of people are going to visit your blog. For more on writing check this out: Freelance Writing. This should be a able to give you an idea on writing, Opportunity, Earning and Money. Search from the vast ‘ARCHIVE’ section just below here to know what you want to read. Read what benefits you. Have a good life.

Step 3

Now you are to start making your blog earn you a little money. There are no overnight rich schemes – one needs have lots of luck to find one that is genuine really. Yes what perhaps at this stage you may need is a little bit of luck. For this you could always go through this: Feng Shui & Astrology. This is about Feng Shui and Astrology. Money, Earnings, Opportunities, Health, Wealth and Relationships.

Step 4

Join sites that are genuine. That really enable you to earn. That requires absolutely no money investment from you – ever. Yes on the net there are sites that help you to earn money without asking you to invest a single penny. So go on and you will find. Search in google pages. I personally had to go through hundreds of sites to find good ones that really pay and you have to not invest anything. On this page you will find a post titled 'Earn by registering on these sites' which you will find on top. When you go through this post you will find that there are 9 sites recommended to join. Start to register it takes 5 minutes of time and read the complete post. The sites that are very easy to earn from are numbers 1, 5, 6 and 8 are the easiest to really earn from. The other sites, which are site no. 2, 3, 4, 7, and 9, are also easy to earn from provided you are willing to do a little hard work on the Internet.

Step 5

After you register with these sites. You need to copy paste your referral link onto your blog – remember we talked about making your blog earn for you. You will also need to talk about these links and get your friends and loved ones to join on them. That is it. Do this daily over the years. How much time daily. Initial months would be two hours later on it would be just an and half.

Step 6

After you register with these sites. You will be provided by work from these sites. It would take 2 to 3 hours in the initial months. Later on as you get used to it and know what is to be done and expected then you can simply make it faster. It depends on you and your skills.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

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They cater to a vast array of categories and topics. Whether it is Microsoft Office , MAC related articles or Customer service information.

The amazing benefits of this site are:

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  • If you submit articles to the directory, you increase your website traffic and link popularity.
  • Your article submission is analysed by one of their representatives and if it meets the quality guidelines (no dead links, original content, no errors), it is added in the directory.
  • Article submission to the directory is absolutely free. [as they believe that knowledge must be free].
  • You may submit as many articles as you want as long as they are not already published on the Internet.

The site has professionals who have worked out an entire indexing and easy listing so that you find it easy to navigate. They have articles that provide knowledge. In case you are seeking for a tutorial even that is easy to find by keywords, all you have to do is a quick search in their directory. You can search by alphabetical order too. Just use the search option available. The website search is powered by web-articles. Or, if you want to read for instance a specific Microsoft office tutorial, just point to it. The newest articles and tutorials are shown first in the list.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Blog and earn money - blog advertising

blog advertising. Yes now is the time to put your blog upfront and earn money from your very own blog! I have come across this website. It is called: snapbomb

The blog enables us bloggers like you and me to earn from our blogs. For instance this blog that am posting my information. You simply need to register here and create your own personal account. Once you do this you will get on your personal dashboard a list of advertisers with proper description. These are advertiser who want to create buzz about their products, services and or their sites. In marketing terms this is know as blog marketing.

It is not difficult to now earn from your blog. Yes what is essential is that the posts you write should be correct, true and of good quality. And what’s more you get sufficient time to write your post. So that you can ensure good quality.

snapbomb brings together advertisers and bloggers. I joined very recently and have got a couple of advertisers interested in my blog to write posts for them.

This is a good site for advertisers too who want to create buzz for the products, services and or the websites that they have. snapbomb improves your sites positioning in the Search Engines, sign up as an Advertiser to get articles published by Bloggers.

So go on, whether you are a blogger or an advertiser click here: snapbomb.

In case the above link does not work then copy paste this into your web browser and check out the site - http://www.snapbomb.com

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