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Play To Earn: Online Game Affiliate Programs

December 4th, 2019 | Posted in Affiliate Marketing Tips, Uncategorized

For this week’s Niche of the Week, I am going back to something I love to do online. Something I wish I have a lot of time to do: play online games.

I love RPG games, and I also like a fair share of casual games. I wouldn’t say I’m a “gamer,” but I do like some enough to buy them. So, while playing the new Sims 4, I thought to myself, is there any way to earn money from playing games?

Of course you can. I’ve covered this before when I did that post on Diablo III. But I’m looking at casual games, those games that don’t require any serious commitment and don’t have any solid community. Like those games on Miniclip.com.

Casual games are typically simple games, usually made through Flash or Shockwave. BigFishGames.com wrote on its blog back in March that around 150 million Americans engage in casual games.This statistic translates to high revenue for the mobile gaming industry. In fact, the mobile gaming industry earned an estimated $25 billion in 2015.

There’s definitely money in this niche, but how easy is it to tap into this market?

Tricky Keywords

Yes, that’s right. Keywords in the online gaming niche are tricky. You can target “online games,” even “free online games,” and get good traffic. But these are people looking to play, not necessarily pay.

This is the first challenge you’ll need to overcome in the online games niche: targeting the right keywords. I would probably use specific keywords referring to games. Like “missing objects online game” or “buy missing objects online game.” You can check out Ubersuggest.org for variations, but go for the more detailed or long-tail keywords. They will bring less traffic, but at least you know you’re targeting the right gamers for your site.

You can try using the name of the game itself, but be sure to check with the creators or merchant first to make sure they allow their affiliates to do this.

Online Games Affiliate Programs

ClickBank’s Marketplace has a lot of affiliate programs on strategy guides and guides to various games, similar to the WOW strategy guides that Mark promoted on his WOW site a few years back.

Not what I’m looking for, unfortunately. I’m looking for gaming sites that have an affiliate program. So, I visited various online gaming sites to see which ones deliver in that regard.

Big Fish Games

The creator of popular games like Peggle and Criminal Minds, Big Fish Games has been around since 2002. The company has successfully transitioned from PC games to mobile games, and now has over 450 mobile games and a whopping 3,500 PC games.

The Big Fish affiliate program offers affiliates real-time reporting, content delivery tools and 70 percent commission for each game purchased through their affiliates.

R2Games

If you prefer strategy and MMORPG, then you’ll love R2Games. The site has plenty of strategy and adventure RPGs, mixed in with a couple of the usual casual game genres.

The program offers 35 percent commission per sale. Signing up as an R2Games affiliate is easy. Just fill out the form on the affiliates page.

FlyOrDie.com

Despite the novel website name, FlyorDie.com offers its subscribers the usual array of board and dash games. You can play for free on the site, but subscribing as a Premium member removes the annoying ads. You also get to join game tournaments.

As an affiliate, you will enjoy a 30 percent commission for each sale. Their affiliate program is through RegNow.

Playrix

The games in Playrix are similar to Big Fish Games, and like Big Fish Games, it has games for computers and mobile devices.

There is no mention of how much commission affiliates earn, but it’s probably within the same range as FlyorDie.com, as they are both in the RegNow network.

Get Players to Your Site

And now we come to the challenging task of link building and inbound marketing. This, like content creation, can be outsourced to professionals. For a fee. If you have the resources, then go ahead and outsource. Still, make sure you have at least a basic understanding of how SEO, link-building and marketing work so that you will be able to monitor the link-building work being done on your site.

Outsourcing or not, make sure to have a link building strategy in place. You can hand this over to the person who will do the link building for you. At the very least, you have a guide to refer to when it’s time to drive traffic to your site.

Blog and Forum Commenting

This particular method is time consuming, but the effects are long-term, making the effort well worth it. There are plenty of gaming forums you can frequent to interact with fellow gamers and offer recommendations.

It’s a great place to learn about the online gaming niche, too. You can find our what games have a lot of followers, and which keywords are frequently used in relation to specific games.

Link Indexing

This is important to link building, but is often overlooked. You’ll be tracking the links you’ll be making, so might as well make sure they are indexed too, by submitting them to sites like Pingler.com.

Content Strategy

You would think that having a site about online games, you won’t need to bother much with content. But you do, because there’s plenty to know about a game. Like a good strategy on how to get past a difficult level, for one thing. A review of a new game is something gamers frequently look out for, too.

Content strategy is about having a game plan for your site’s content, from research until the content is published on your site. Having a game plan gives you time to think about the kind of content to present on your site in between updates.

Online Games Affiliate Programs: Child’s Play?

With all that competition, the online games niche is definitely no child’s play. This is a niche that requires careful planning and strategy. All niches do, but all the more for this niche because: one, there’s plenty of gaming sites there that will most likely have similar content as yours. So you need to be creative on the content you will publish on your site. Two, you need to be smart with link building and how you drive traffic to your site. Don’t just bring people into the site, bring people that are interesting in playing and subscribing to games.

So, no, this niche is no child’s play. The commission you’ll get are good. But if you’re looking something more substantial than a few dollars a sale, then this is not the niche for you.

But if you have a site about games or gaming, and have not monetized it, then take your pick from the above. It’s never too late to start earning from your website.

I hope you enjoy this week’s Niche of the Week!

Found some great online games affiliate info here? Share your findings. 🙂

Would you be interested in going into this niche? Are there any niches you want featured here? Just leave a comment and let me know!

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Work That Playlist: MP3 Download Affiliate Programs You Can Earn From

December 2nd, 2019 | Posted in Affiliate Marketing Tips, Uncategorized

This Niche of the Week post is the result of a research I did to answer a question that was posted on the Comments section of my post on music affiliate programs : Are there profitable partner programs for free mp3 downloads?

Right off the bat, I wanted to say there aren’t, except for ones that I already featured on that same post. But I wanted to be sure so I went looking for affiliate programs that deal in free MP3 downloads.

MP3 Music Download Keywords

I found that there are good keywords that you can target in this niche. Most are in the low to medium competition. The only problem is a large number are “free” music download keywords.

If you try make the same keywords into keywords with buyer intent, the competition shoots up. One way to get around this is to target the name of the specific song, album, or music artist. The competition will still be high, though.

MP3 Download Affiliate Program

The ClickBank Marketplace has hundreds of products belonging to several different niches. That certainly includes MP3 downloads, but not MP3 music downloads. Instead, you’ll find downloads for hypnosis, lullabies, and affirmations — pretty much everything except current music.

I came across the following while looking at affiliate programs in the MP3 download niche: danosongs.com. For only USD $49.95, you can download 77 MP3 tracks that you can use as background music for your videos, presentation or web apps.

This is not the MP3 download I had in mind for this week’s niche, but it is an MP3 product. If you have a site about content creation, then you can promote this product on it and earn 30% commission for each sale.

Another product I came across in my research is RelaxingMusicSource.com. This is another site that offers MP3 downloads, but for relaxing music. The affiliate program is offered through ClickBank, though I am not able to locate it in the Marketplace. Affiliates receive a 70% commission for every sale.

There are so many relaxing music/hypnosis affiliate programs in ClickBank that it might be worth featuring them in another post. For now, let’s check out the few MP3 download affiliate programs I was able to find.

eMusic

I’ve featured eMusic before in my post on music affiliate programs. eMusic works the same as iTunes, allowing you to browse through the music collection and download as you please. The only difference is that eMusic is a paid membership where you get a specific number of music downloads a month, depending on the type of subscription you have.

The affiliate program has not changed. It is still through Commission Junction, with a commission of USD $6 for every new trial member you refer.

iTunes

Possibly the most popular music download website right now, iTunes has an extensive collection of popular music that can be downloaded for a fee.

I’ve covered iTunes too, in the same music affiliate program post. The terms cover minimum threshold but no mention of how much affiliates earn for each referral. Affiliates are welcome to sign up to the program through the affiliate page.

Be Loud, Be Heard

Building links to your site and getting traffic to it is no easy feat. It’s a necessary, formidable task. Having a few notes on what you’ll do when you reach that point in your affiliate marketing project can make the entire process a little easier.

To that end, here are some methods I think are worth pursuing for a website on this niche:

Social Media Marketing

I like to think of social media marketing as a modern take on “word-of-mouth” advertising, where people comment on or pass around information about a product. But in the digital age, instead of everything being spoken, it’s posted on public pages where everyone can read it. So even months or years later, those endorsements can still be found.

Thousands, even millions, of people check social sites like Facebook and Twitter daily. Make sure to tap into this traffic source by creating a Facebook page or Twitter account for your site. Build followers and page likes. Share interesting articles from within your niche, or your site’s own articles.

YouTube Marketing

YouTube is the biggest, most popular video-sharing site right now. It’s a great website to promote MP3 download websites. You can create teasers of the tracks that can be downloaded from the MP3 site you’re promoting, lasting about 30 seconds to a minute. Then place your affiliate link, or a link back to your site, in the video’s description box.

It sounds easy, but there’s a catch here. YouTube is tough on protecting copyright, so make sure to get permission from the vendor or merchant before doing this. Yes, there are people who can get away with uploading entire songs (complete with incorrect lyrics! ) on YouTube, but these accounts are eventually caught and closed.

Make sure to cover your bases, and think of other ways to promote on YouTube too: like sharing a quick, entertaining video on what music is for you, talking about where you get your music from, or creating a playlist of songs for a specific mood or theme.

Reverse Engineering

This method is great for catching up with a competitor website and leveling the playing field, so to speak. Use an SEO application like Traffic Travis or AffiloTools to find the websites where your competitors have built their backlinks. Then, build backlinks on the same sites.

This doesn’t necessarily mean your site will be ahead of the competition (you still have to worry about on-page optimization, social signals, and other factors), but it does help even it out. And it can get you ahead if you are able to add quality links to the ones you’ve already created.

MP3 Download Affiliate Programs: Save Or Delete Permanently?

This is not a niche that I would build a site for. The commissions I could earn do not justify the work involved in setting up the site, driving traffic to it, etc. There’s also that problem with keywords: there are not a lot of keywords with buyer intent in this niche. Still, if this is something that you’re interested in and want to try, go ahead. I suggest you have a good content and link building strategy written down before you go at it.

If you already have a music or music-related site that you want to monetize, the products on this niche are a perfect way to branch out.

I hope you found this week’s Niche of the Week useful in your research. Please share this post using any of the Share buttons below!

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Drone Affiliate Programs

October 31st, 2019 | Posted in Affiliate Marketing Tips, Uncategorized

The drone market is forecasted to become the next trillion dollar industry and its poised to explode in the next year or two. Now is the time to start jockeying for position…

DroneFly

Affiliate Commissions:  A Four-Tier Structure. 

  • 1st Tier = 5%
  • 2nd Tier = 3%
  • 3rd Tier and 4th Tier = 2%

Affiliate Signup Link: Click Here

Website: See below

*Yes: As you may have guessed, the link above is my two-tier affiliate link. There are a few of these links on this site to pay me a small commission and allow me to keep this site free instead of a monthly membership site. Using my two-tier affiliate link will not affect the amount of commission paid to you with this or any other program. My commissions are paid out of the vendor’s cut, not yours. Please use this link to ensure I can keep this affiliate resource website free and updated weekly. Thanks!
Affiliate Description:DroneFly.com is the worlds number one online store to purchase the DJI PHANTOM.   We offer the lowest price and Free Shipping.  Plus we offer the best customer service via email and phone!  Dronefly’s founders Taylor Chien (CEO) and Frank Tesoro (CFO) share the same vision of providing high tech aerial vehicles for both professional and recreational uses.

i-Drone

Affiliate Commissions:  1 Tier = 5% of sales
Affiliate Signup Link: Click HereWebsite: Here

Affiliate Description:Developed, since the birth of the AR Drone, i-Drone has evolved, bringing you all the latest innovative products.  Now a market leader in AR Drone Mods, i-Drone brings all your specific needs to a one-stop-shop. Its all here, batteries, cases, upgrades, genuine spare parts, lights, bearings etc….

DronesEtc

Affiliate Commissions:  5% affiliate commissions on any sales from the production selection
Affiliate Signup Link: Click HereWebsite: Here

Affiliate Description:Drones Etc. is the #1 Most Trusted Online store for all things Drone.  We are a full service Drone store offering the best that the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and RC Hobby world have to offer.  We are the preferred dealer for DJI, the #1 manufacturer of aerial photography Drones worldwide.  We also offer Cinema and Aerial Drone packages and bundles for the beginner, the amateur and the professional.   We provide ourselves in our unparalleled customer service, full warranty and repair center.  We stand behind every product we sell and will bend over backwards to keep our customers happy.

CopterDrones (UK)

Affiliate Commissions:  Terms being updated
Affiliate Signup Link: Click HereWebsite: Here
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Customer satisfaction survey

October 29th, 2019 | Posted in Marketing, Uncategorized

Customer satisfaction

Have pleased or fully satisfied customers is one of the key success factors in business. Any organization that wants to understand what your customers think about your product, your service or your brand needs to do a satisfaction survey. e-survey provides the tools necessary to create your survey of customer satisfaction.

What is a survey of customer satisfaction?

A satisfaction survey is an empirical study to determine the degree of satisfaction of the respondent. It is the most economical and efficient method of obtaining customer information. Satisfaction surveys are used to make decisions based on quantitative data obtained through a questionnaire.

Objectives of a customer satisfaction survey

A satisfaction survey should serve to make decisions in the short, medium and long term. These are the main objectives of a satisfaction survey:

  • Knowing the level of customer satisfaction.
  • Understand their needs.
  • Get the information you need to keep them satisfied.
  • Identify specific areas of improvement.
  • Understanding the factors that strengthen customer relationships.
  • More specific objectives: Understanding the expectations of customers, whether they would recommend the product or service, know the strengths and weaknesses and get descriptive information that allows segmenting customers.

Benefits of an online customer satisfaction survey

  • It helps you retain your existing customers.
  • It helps to attract new customers.
  • Customers feel part of a process of continuous improvement. They like to feel that their opinion is useful. This type of survey is a great tool to encourage good communication with them.
  • It helps establish an organizational culture in which the work of all members is focused on customer satisfaction.

Examples satisfaction surveys

Customer satisfaction
Classic satisfaction survey which measures aspects such as overall satisfaction and satisfaction with different aspects of the product / service.

NPS
To measure the loyalty of customers of a company based on the recommendations. It is based on making customers a single question, from which both the likelihood of repeat purchases and recommendations are predicted.

Customer satisfaction service
It measures aspects such as speed, friendliness, competence and professionalism of the person who attended the customer and solving problems and incidents.

How do I start the survey?

First, before drafting the questionnaire, prepare a list of your goals, what do you want to find?

Stages

1. Draft questionnaire

The shorter the better questionnaires.
The shorter questionnaire, most respondents come to the end. How it is a shorter questionnaire, the higher the quality of your answers because respondents are not fatigued. Select either the questions of the questionnaire, prioritize if necessary, does not intend to ask around, ask the most important.

Use a specific simple language, clear, direct and
Ensure that your respondents do not have to guess what you mean.

Do not give up the wealth of open comments
Open questions or open-ended questions allow the respondent to express in their own words. This type of question provides qualitative information to enrich the analysis.

Use one of our templates as a basis:
e-survey provides a wide variety of templates written by experts who can serve as a starting point. These templates contain the classic questions of each type of survey. The application allows you to take any of these models as a base and edit the questions to fit, if necessary, to their specific needs.

2. Schedule questionnaire

Use the most appropriate type of question in each case: e-survey provides 17 types of questions; choose the one that best suits the question referred.
The appearance of the survey is important, personalize it: e-survey allows you to customize the colors of their sources and their funds. Add picture in their surveys. Enter your logo.
Before sending the survey, should try it: Send the survey to others in the organization to ensure that everything works properly, especially if the survey has conditional logic.

3. Collect responses

Once the questionnaire prepared, it’s time to send the survey to customers.

In most cases it will be sent to customers an email invitation to complete the survey. The e-survey system includes a complete editor and a tool for sending emails which also allows you to track the response rate of those emails of invitation and send reminders to those who have not yet responded. Apart from the main shipping, usually one or two reminders performed. The collection time responses, including shipping and reminders, usually 10-14 days.

There are other methods to collect the answers, email and other less common for this type of survey, such as posting a link to the survey in a web, social networks, or via QR codes.

4. Analyze results

The results of the surveys are accessible online through a real-time report. The paid versions of e-survey let you download the results in Excel (respondents answers in rows and columns) as well as graphics. The system also allows you to filter responses.

5. Implementation of actions derived from the results of the survey and monitoring

With the data on the table, make sure that the comments are implemented. The information collected helps identify key ratios and metrics that need to start monitoring.

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10 Popular Affiliate Programs for Small and Medium-sized Blogs

October 27th, 2019 | Posted in Affiliate Marketing Tips, Uncategorized

As we’ve already seen today, affiliate marketing is a relatively trouble-free way for bloggers and other website owners to earn money. In fact, these days, even social media sites can become lucrative platforms for affiliate marketing campaigns.

Because affiliate marketing doesn’t require affiliates to offer their own products or services for purchase, but only to place promotions on their sites for other merchants’ products, it frees affiliates from many of the responsibilities and complications of traditional sales models.

Affiliate marketing programs typically work by having the merchant handle all the logistics involved in selling products or services, processing customer orders and payments, and shipping merchandise—all while the affiliate sits back and collects a commission for each agreed-upon action completed by the visitors the affiliate sends to the merchant’s website via an affiliate link. As long as the affiliate has done her homework and chosen a trustworthy affiliate program, she needn’t worry about non-payment.

Affiliate networks administer programs for individual merchants, handling all the work involved, while generally providing tracking and reporting capabilities to their affiliates to help them keep tabs on their revenues and determine which products or services are producing the best returns. These tools can be helpful to an affiliate in fine-tuning the line of products she decides to promote on her site and, ideally, increasing revenues as a result.

However, all affiliate programs are not created equal. Which are the most popular programs available today?

1. LinkShare

Reportedly the largest affiliate network, with over 10 million affiliate partnerships, LinkShare took the number-one spot in the Blue Book of Top 20 Affiliate Networks for platform strength, support quality, and international capabilities.

LinkShare offers over 2,500 affiliate programs and lets you choose whether to have every aspect of your affiliate channel managed for you or whether you would rather manage your own program using the company’s various service and support options.

2. Commission Junction

Said to be the largest affiliate marketing network in North America (though it operates globally) and claiming the number-two spot in the Blue Book of Top 20 Affiliate Networks for being “the best at balancing the relationship between the merchants, the network, and the affiliates,” California-based Commission Junction, owned by ValueClick, Inc., offers affiliate, media, and tracking services and provides either a self-management or company-managed option for your affiliate relationships.

In addition to its regular pay-per-action affiliate program, the company also offers a convenient PayPerCall program to help affiliates “ensure they get paid commission for the leads they generate, thus further monetizing existing ad placements and having the opportunity to expand their promotional…online and offline campaigns.”

3. ShareASale

Claiming the number-three spot in the Blue Book of Top 20 Affiliate Networks for being the “overall best performance marketing network in the world today,” Chicago-based ShareASale has over 2,500 merchant programs and features brands such as HootSuite and PS Print.

ShareASale has received excellent ratings, with the company’s reputation/security, ethics, customer service, and ease of commission payment receiving glowing reviews.

4. Amazon Associates

Placing fourth in the Blue Book of Top 20 Affiliate Networks, for a reporting system that “far surpasses other big networks,” this is one of the largest and most diverse affiliate programs available.

As most people know, Amazon.com offers such a wide array of products that there’s bound to be something to fit your niche. In fact, they offer over a million products from which you can choose to monetize your website or blog. Amazon Associates is a pay-per-sale affiliate program.

5. Google Affiliate Network

According to the network’s Overview page, “Google Affiliate Network helps advertisers increase online conversions on a performance basis and enables publishers to monetize traffic with affiliate ads.”

Google Affiliate Network is a pay-per-action network that pays commissions to its affiliates for driving conversions (sales or leads). The network requires a Google AdSense account for posting ads to the affiliate’s website or blog and facilitating affiliate payments.

6. ClixGalore

ClixGalore is an Australian PPA (pay-per-action) affiliate network that also has offices in the US, UK, and Japan. The company offers various types of programs, including PPM (pay-per-impression), PPL (pay per lead), PPS (pay-per-sale), and PPC (pay-per-click). Many programs pay in US dollars.

Some well-known brands that use ClixGalore for their affiliate offerings are Bluehost, Time Life, Trend Micro, Citibank, and Fox Sports Shop. While not as widely known as some of the other affiliate networks, ClixGalore is a solid network that offers thousands of potential merchant programs. The network also offers a two-tier network. By referring other affiliates to the network, current affiliates can receive a portion of their earnings.

7. PeerFly.com

PeerFly is a PPA network with its own proprietary software system. The network made the Blue Book of Top 20 Affiliate Networks, which stated regarding them, “They are courteous, helpful, and point you in the right direction.”

The network also took the number-four spot in the Blue Book of Top 20 CPA Networks, for its high popularity, great staff, and excellent platform. PeerFly accepts publishers from all over the world and offers thousands of merchant programs.

8. ClickBank

A well-known affiliate network, ClickBank features digital products, such as e-books, software, and membership sites. The program reportedly offers up to 75% commissions on its tens of thousands of products. Commissions are paid weekly, and direct deposit is available to its affiliates.

Over the years, this network has remained popular, though some have questioned a few of its practices. Despite this, the company enjoys an A- rating with the Better Business Bureau.

9. MaxBounty

MaxBounty came in sixth in the Blue Book of Top 20 CPA Networks, though it didn’t make a showing in the Blue Book’s top 20 affiliate networks. In business since 2004, the network was founded on the philosophy of paying its affiliates more.

MaxBounty pays affiliate commissions weekly, and the company appears to have a good reputation among its affiliates. In fact, the network is popular among many top affiliate marketers and has received numerous positive reviews and writeups and critiques over the past several years.

10. Neverblue.com

Neverblue is a pay-per-action affiliate program that pays its affiliates for lead, download, and sale generation, as well as for new affiliate referrals. While Neverblue didn’t make the Blue Book of Top 20 Affiliate Networks, it did take the number-one spot in the Blue Book of Top 20 CPA Networks.

Note: Neverblue’s parent company, Velo Holdings, Inc, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy earlier this year and now plans to sell the network at auction to pay its debts.

Despite this, the affiliate program has stated the following: “This filing will not impact Neverblue’s ability to meet client needs in any way—we intend to continue to operate business as usual without interruption. Neverblue’s business is fundamentally strong and we intend to make all affiliate payments on schedule, in a timely and reliable manner.”

Its management is just as confident that the sale will not affect Neverblue’s ability to meet its affiliates’ needs in any way. While this company tends to inspire high confidence among affiliates, you’ll have to decide whether to jump in now or wait a while to see how things go after the sale.

What’s your favorite network?

If you’ve been thinking of trying affiliate marketing to monetize your blog, consider testing these ten programs to see whether they fit your niche and audience. If you’ve used any of these programs, we’d love to hear your thoughts on them in the comments.

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Blog Smarter: Turn Your Blogging Skills into Successful Affiliate Promotions

October 25th, 2019 | Posted in Affiliate Marketing Tips, Uncategorized

Like most bloggers, you probably want to make some money from your blog. Chances are good you’ve tried things like writing product reviews or putting banners or links to affiliate products into your sidebar.

But while many bloggers have mastered the “Art of Blogging” (or at least the basic principles) successfully, earning money from your blog doesn’t seem to be that easy. So what could be better for you than to use your blogging experiences and skills to improve the results of your affiliate promotions?

In this post, I’ll show you how you can re-purpose three of the most successful blogging strategies to get more out of your affiliate promotions. As a nice extra, these tactics will also have a positive effect on your blog. But more importantly, you’ll learn how you can merge them into a combined and even more powerful strategy for your affiliate promotions.

While some of what I write may seem simple or self-evident to the more experienced affiliate bloggers, it’s this way of tying it all together into one strategy that will make the affiliate promotions on your blog really stand out.

Let’s look at the three important blogging strategies on their own first.

Write (and promote) for your audience

You know that well enough—if you want your stuff to be read, it has to match your audience’s interests. The same is true for your affiliate promotions, in particular for the products you choose to promote: they have to be relevant for your audience.

This sounds self-evident, but frankly I’m stumped at the number of bloggers who have an affiliate banner for a hosting company on their blog—even though their audience clearly isn’t thinking about computers or internet when visiting their blog.

So instead of promoting your hosting company on your garden blog, why not try it with an affiliate link for garden tools, or link to an ebook about gardening?

Publish (and promote) quality

You know the game… Quality content attracts real readers which are interested in the topic. An excited and engaged audience. (Just look around here on ProBlogger if you don’t believe me.) It also makes people stay on your site longer, come back for more, engage with you and others, and recommend you to friends.

Just the things you want for your blog.

The same holds true for any products you promote: choose quality. Again, this seems to be self-evident. But take a look around at some blogs and see what they promote. (Or take a close look at your own blog, just for good measure.)

A lot of times, I see just the same banners or “product reviews” for the same old products. It seems that a lot of affiliate bloggers don’t bother to pick a product by its quality. Nor do they care about the “quality” of the vendor, i.e. about his integrity, and about how much he cares about his customers.

In the long run, your readers will notice the difference. And they will trust your recommendations just because they know you watch out for them.

Even the quality of the affiliate program should matter to you as affiliate. After all, you can and should expect a fair treatment for your efforts. Affiliate promotions are a business deal between the vendor and you, the affiliate. If a vendor doesn’t care about the success of his affiliates, why should you bother to promote his products?

So, again, be picky. Choose the right kind of products to promote.

Establish expertise—not only for yourself

This powerful blogging strategy has several facets which can all play together:

  • You can establish yourself as expert on your own blog by posting the right kind of content.
  • You can establish yourself as expert to a wider audience by guest posting on other blogs.
  • You can establish other people as experts on your blog by publishing their guest posts.
  • And you can establish yourself as a “meta expert”, as the go-to guy/girl of the experts in your field, by publishing a selection of guest posts by recognized experts in your field and/or by interacting with them on your blog, e.g. through interviews.

Again, you can make use of the same strategy in your affiliate marketing. If you want your readers to buy the products you’ve selected for them, they need to do two things: trust your judgement, and trust the vendor to deliver quality. A big step towards the first is if your readers see you as the expert. That will make them much more likely to trust your recommendations.

But don’t forget about the second part, about trusting the vendor. Before somebody buys from a vendor you recommend, they have to be reasonably sure that this person will be honest, and that (s)he will deliver quality.

To some extent, you can establish that trust towards the vendor with your recommendation: if readers see you as trust-worthy, your recommendation carries some weight, too.

But you should also consider establishing expert status for the product creator on your blog. Then when a reader clicks on your affiliate link, he will already be prepared to trust the vendor whom he sees as expert.

Tie these strategies together for even more power

Just by using these three strategies, you can improve the results from your affiliate efforts a lot. But there’s a very simple, though rarely used way to combine these strategies into something even more powerful:

Publish guest posts by product vendors on your blog, and include your affiliate link in the byline.

Now, just to be clear about it: I’m not talking about promotional content or “product reviews”. I’m talking about guest articles with real, quality content. And about establishing the vendor as the expert (unlike a product review, where you are the “expert” who reviews). And, of course, about picking and promoting the right kind of products in the first place.

To fully understand the power of this strategy, put yourself in the shoes of your readers for a moment:

They come to your blog. They know you publish good stuff, and you’re an expert in the field—you’ve done your best to establish that status. On your blog, they read a guest article by another expert. It contains great content, is helpful, informative, and entertaining.

They like the style and want to read more of the same.

Do you think they’re likely to click on the link (your affiliate link) in the byline? And do you think they might be willing to spend money on a product by this expert?

To achieve this, you only need to re-purpose and tie together the three simple strategies you’re already following when you blog: write for your audience, publish quality, and establish expertise. Do this by choosing the right products, and then publishing informative guest posts by product vendors with your affiliate link included.

In return, you get more out of your affiliate promotions for everybody involved:

  • Your readers get to read great content.
  • You recommend a good product which will improve your readers’ lives in some way.
  • You make it easier for your audience to trust your recommendation, to buy the product and thus to improve their life.
  • The vendor has a chance to make more sales and get happy customers.
  • And you? You benefit from fresh quality content. You have a chance to enhance your reputation even further. And of course there’s the thing with the affiliate commissions…

In short, it’s a win-win-win. What I like most about this strategy is its simplicity. Despite being a really powerful strategy, it’s also about as simple and easy as it gets.

To show you just how easy it can be, I’ll give you the outline again in eight simple action steps. Why don’t you just give it a try and actually do the steps while you read along?

1. Choose a few good products to promote

By “good”, I mean quality products from trustworthy vendors with a quality affiliate program. And of course products which fit the interests and needs of your audience.

2. Sign up for the affiliate programs of the vendors

Make sure you read the terms of the affiliate programs, and are happy with them.

3. Check the existing promotional material

If the vendor offers promotional material for his affiliates, browse through it to check if there are any suitable articles you could use.

Don’t be disappointed if there aren’t any, though—usually vendors provide what is most asked-for by affiliates, and most affiliates don’t use this strategy… (bad for them, good for you!).

If you find ready-made articles by the vendor anywhere, make sure you’re allowed to enter your affiliate link. If in doubt, ask. If no suitable articles are readily available, go to step 4.

4. Get in touch with the vendors

Introduce yourself, and give them the URL of your blog. Be professional: you’re contacting a potential business partner.

Ask for suitable articles, and explain what you want to do with them (establish the vendor as expert on your blog, give your audience good content, and generate sales for both of you). It should be clear that you’re not looking for purely promotional material, but for actual content.

Make sure it’s absolutely clear that you will use your affiliate link in the resource box and/or the article content—you don’t want to risk any misunderstandings about this.

To increase your chances of getting suitable material, you can also point out that the articles could have been published elsewhere before. Most vendors, especially the more established and successful ones, won’t provide each affiliate with a different set of “unique” articles.

I’m not going into the depths of the “unique content” discussion here, but since this is not primarily an SEO strategy, it may not matter for you whether the guest articles on your blog have been published in other places, too. The quality of the articles is much more important! The internet is a huge place, and chances are very high your readers haven’t seen them before.

5. Read between the lines

Not every vendor will send you suitable articles. But regardless of that, their replies might tell you a lot about how they do business, and how they treat their customers and affiliates. Even if somebody can’t provide you with articles, he/she might be a great guy or girl, and there might be options for other business ventures in the future.

Just be open for ideas.

6. Check the material you get

Seriously. You want to feature the vendor as expert. So to make this strategy work, you have to stick to your standards. Make sure you only publish articles which:

  • are a good fit for your audience and topic
  • contain real content, are entertaining, informative, or helpful
  • aren’t promotional
  • meet your quality standards

A good test is to ask yourself if this article would be worth publishing without your affiliate link. If an article doesn’t match your requirements, don’t use it.

7. Insert your affiliate link

Insert your affiliate link for the vendor in the places you two agreed upon. Then double-check the link, just in case.

8. Publish

To add even more leverage, don’t just publish the article on your blog. We’re talking about serious, quality content here—about guest articles you could and should be proud to anounce to your audience and to the world.

Use social media to point people to the article. Link to it in your newsletter, or publish it in your ezine. Add it to an autoresponder sequence for your mailing list, so that any future subscribers can read it, too. Or link to it from your “thanks for opting in” page.

After all, if you’ve chosen the right kind of guest article, your audience will love you for the pointer to the post! Once you’re done with all the steps, go back to step 1 and start over.

The biggest enemy of success…

We’ve all been there: you read about a great new strategy that would move you forward quite a bit. You’re very excited about the idea, and make plans to implement it as soon as possible. Only “asap” usually turns out to be tomorrow. Then next week. Then next month. And then never.

Sound familiar? Why don’t you do it a bit different this time? I’ve given you eight action steps above. Take a piece of paper or open a file right now and start a list of suitable products and affiliate programs. If you’re already signed up for such affiliate programs, go straight to step 3. Check the available content for suitable pieces. And if you can’t find any, don’t pass go, proceed with step 4 and send a note to the vendor(s). Right now.

Worst case is you’ll spend the next hour getting in touch with potential business partners—not the worst thing that can happen to you today, is it?

Editor’s note: tomorrow, our final posts in this series look at blogging smarter (and more profitably) with WordPress.

Regine Becher is an affiliate manager and JV broker. To help affiliates and bloggers get more out of their affiliate promotions, Regine runs a service called Syndicated Partners, where affiliates can download quality articles and publish them with their affiliate link inside.

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Git: Presentation of a Practical Versioning Program

October 23rd, 2019 | Posted in Technology, Uncategorized

Today on the blog of Web design, a presentation of Git and some resources to get you started

Git, as its name does not indicate, is a version control software. You may be familiar with svn, bazaar, …, and well it fulfills the same functions (only better ^^).

If you do not know, let me explain the concept with three situations.

Go back to a modification

Have you ever lost a file by mistake, or want to go back, just before the last changes made? This is possible with Git.

Git will allow you, once installed in a folder, save all changes made ​​to files in the form of commit. You choose the files you want to include the changes, you put a little comment message, and you save the commit. You can then return to the state of the file before the commit, then reapply. A kind of ctrl-z / ctrl-y in short.

Do tests without duplicating his record

Have you ever wanted to try something that might break your project, while hoping to do in the main folder, without having to copy and paste the full dossier? Git can do that too.

Git allows you to create branches in your file. To test your functionality, create a branch. If the test is successful, you can apply some or all commit performed in the test plugs into your main branch. Otherwise, it removes the branch and talk about it more.

Collaborate

Have you ever worked on a two FTP, on the same file, and crushed changes your colleague without purpose? This can not happen with Git.

Git allows you to synchronize the status of your project between several computers and servers. So you can work on your local and push your changes to the server once they are tested and they work. If someone pushed   its own modifications, it will “merger”, ie blend the two branches of the project. Most of the time the operation is transparent.

(Note that svn & co can also help in these situations, but they are less well (trollolo))

Start with Git

So, want to try? The first thing to do is install it. If you   are on a * nix, I think I can say without worry that your package manager known as the git. If you summers on windows, you will find a version for you here: http://code.google.com/p/msysgit/ .

For the rest, I give you some resources to get you started.

Resources

Git Immersion

A very good tutorial to learn git.

 

Github

Github is a magical place, a sort of social network encoder. Here you can create your git repositories for open source projects, and participate in existing projects.

 

Le.git

Legit is a small program that aliases some rather hairy git commands into something easier to remember for an average human being.

 

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Blog Smarter: 5 WordPress Plugins to Help You Make Money From Your Blog

October 21st, 2019 | Posted in Affiliate Marketing Tips, Uncategorized

Why do we blog? Perhaps you feel you have things to say which the world would be interested in, or maybe you’re very passionate about a topic and your friends are sick of hearing you talk about it! I have a blog like that; it’s simply a sounding board for me to jabber on about a particular hobby of mine which none of my friends take part in.

But the main reason for blogging, I think, is to make some money out of it. Let’s face it, we all enjoy blogging and we all enjoy making money, so why not combine the two? But as we all know, it’s not that easy to make money from blogging, at least at first. So I did some research and found some plugins which could make monetising a blog just that bit easier. Please note that I haven’t used every one myself yet, so I’d welcome your feedback in the comments if they’ve worked (or not) for you!

Amazon Associate

I use this one myself and it’s invaluable if you have an Amazon affiliate account. Once the plugin is installed and set up with your access keys (found on your Amazon affiliates profile) it’s really simple to add in affiliate links to your posts by way of a simple search box on the New Post screen.

Simply highlight the text you want as the link, enter the search term relevant to the post in the side widget, select the category and hit search. It will bring up a list of products from Amazon and you just click on one of the insert buttons to put it straight into the post you’re writing.

You can also enter sidebar widgets as easily as setting up any other widget; on your widget page you’ll see several available widgets that just need to be dragged and dropped into the relevant sidebar panel. You can set up product carousels, favourites, product clouds, MP3 clips and there’s also a search widget. Each one can be customised to match your site and is linked to your affiliate ID, generating revenue each time a user clicks and purchases.

The money you earn from this plugin can be sent to a bank account or as an Amazon gift certificate. Sadly there’s no PayPal support yet but this will hopefully be implemented in the future.

Ad Rotator

This is one I’ve recently been trialling and so far it’s working well. Once installed (in the usual way) it gives you a widget which looks like the default text widget box. You put your ad codes in here and use <!–more–> to separate each block. Each time your site is refreshed the ad will change.

You can have more than one Ad Rotator block in your sidebars so you could have static ads too. The widgets can go in sidebars and footers and work with any ad size.

As there’s no CPM system with this plugin you can charge for ads in whatever method you like. I personally charge more for a static placement than a rotating one but it’s whatever works for you. The best thing about this plugin in the flexibility it offers you.

Kontera

I installed this on a site I run which doesn’t use sidebars. As Kontera places contextual ads within the text of a page, the absence of sidebars didn’t matter. You need to register for a Kontera account first but that is quick and easy, and gives you your published ID which is then entered in the plugin setup. From there it’s simply a matter of choosing the colour of the links you want and adding the generated code into all the pages you want the ads to appear on.

It can take up to 24 hours for ads to appear within your site text, so don’t do what I did at first and deactivate in frustration because it didn’t appear to have worked!

Kontera works in multiple blog platforms, so if you’re a fan of Blogger or Drupal you can also use this nifty plugin. Payments can be made via PayPal for best security.

MediaPass

If you have content on your website which you’d rather keep behind a pay wall, then this plugin would seem to be an easy answer. I say “seem” only because I haven’t used it myself.

Once you’ve registered for a MediaPass account and the plugin is installed, it’s as simple as highlighting the content that you want to put behind the pay wall and choosing the subscription option to apply.

MediaPass take 35% of the revenue the plugin generates, which sounds like a lot, but you do get a lot of support and behind-the-scenes processes for that commission. Their technicians handle all the merchant fees, database management and all the other techy stuff so the blogger can just concentrate on the actual content.

Skimlinks

If you want to earn your money through affiliate marketing, Skimlinks looks to be the tool to go for. The plugin will convert any product links and references in your posts into affiliate links, which can be from any one of over 17,000 merchants on the Skimlinks database.

The advantage of using Skimlinks is that it allows the busy blogger to free up the time otherwise spent seeking out affiliate schemes, setting up tracking codes and maintaining the accounts. Skimlinks does all this for you, and you only need the one account with them to get access to all those different merchant programs.

Skimlinks takes a 25% commission from the merchant, but because of their standing with the merchants they can often negotiate a better rate so overall, you’d probably end up getting more money than if you’d set up all the links yourself. Plus, all the time it saves you means you have more time to write great content!.

Again, I haven’t yet used this one but I am thinking of trying it; has anyone has experience with this?

I’d love to hear feedback about all of these plugins, and if there are any which work especially well for you that you feel should be included. Please let me know your opinions in the comments!

All images taken at the WordPress Plugin Directory.

Louise is a financial writer for MoneySupermarket.com and a freelance copywriter/web designer. In her spare time she runs her wrestler husband’s website and blog. You can find her on Twitter: @louisetillotson.

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New study shows that the ‘Zero Day’ on Facebook is closer to being a reality

October 19th, 2019 | Posted in Loud Mouth, Uncategorized

Changes in the algorithm that regulates what is seen on the Facebook news feed have made ​​what at first was a theory and a fear of the brands that use the social network to reach consumers is increasingly becoming a unquestionable reality.The Zero Day on Facebook or Faceboocalypse, as have been baptized some other analysts, is increasingly at the door.Brands fear the time when updates are no longer actually visible in their publications reach less likely to feed their followers and which therefore face the feared situation to be preaching in the wilderness (unless you spend per box to position their post).

A recent study has shown that the Zero Day is closer to being a reality of staying in only a fear of brands.An analysis of NewsWhip, you just compare the data of the media in English (usually on the other hand the starring elements and most viral stories) in January and February this year, has shown that its contents were shared much less in the second month in the first: the reason for this decline is that fewer consumers have seen their links in your news feed and, therefore, they have shared (or comparative) less.

What he has discovered the study?The truth is that the decline has been widespread and therefore can not be attributed to contextual elements.As pointed out in the analysis of Newswhip, weekends volume falls shared by netizens on Facebook items, although this decrease in activity is usually temporary and marked by the calendar quickly recomposed once again begins the week.For the month of February, however, there was a fall earlier this month and never recovered.The activity graph of the top ten online media in English on Facebook was maintained throughout the month of February in discrete levels.

In fact, the situation can quickly translate into numbers.According to data NewsWhip, the 100 most shared stories in January 2015 moved 16.4 million shares in Facebook.The 100 who managed to position itself at the same level in February only succeeded, however, 10.2 million shares.

Facebook has come out of these data indicated that the situation was actually due to a bug.”We have experienced a problem with logging in Page Insights in February that affected how they had correct some organic powerful way, “they said in statements submitted to the US media, noting that although the ratio range of publications was not did affected other counts of the same (ie, the contents were far beyond those shares that have been counted). Explanations of Facebook, even giving a key to understanding what happened, not silenced, however, existing widespread fears that the pages lose their organic visibility in the near future.

In the list of affected (considering what the test measures the impact of the news media more viral in English) is very popular headers, and often taken into Facebook a great ally for dissemination, such as BuzzFeed,The New York Times orThe Huffington Post.The study points out, though, that these media continue to have high shares of engagement and have recovered some positions during the first days of March.However, the survey results are used to thinking a lot about how Facebook is affecting the communication of brands and consumers.

A warning to mariners?

The results also can be understood in two ways.The first is the interpretation that has always given this type of analysis: the marks are, to some extent, slaves to the Facebook algorithm changes that make updates more or less visible and have an impact that goes far beyond what they can control.

But on the other hand, the new situation may be a kind of notice to mariners that things have to change, or that the media have to find new levers to reach readers.Some people seek alternatives to Facebook tracks and some are using Facebook in a different way.Buzzfeed, recall from NewsWhip is publishing and content directly on Facebook (see, for example, the video of Barack Obama doing things that everybody does in everyday) life and getting high success rates.Given that Facebook is leveraging content created or published directly to the network, such as the case of video, the situation can also be an early warning of a change in trend and a new gaming environment.Do not forget that the rumor mill (solvent) notes that Facebook wants to publish content directly.

A Brief History of Zero Day

Be the situation of something marked by a failure of an accountant, it is certain that the fears of Facebook Zero Day go far beyond this measurement and have a much longer history means.The alarmist forecasts of analysts have appeared in recent years, noting that high dependence on Facebook as an element to position it to be shown could be a double-edged sword.Facebook could change the rules of the game and what he was seeing and reaching consumers stop.

That is what has been happening over 2014. Facebook has been tweaking its algorithm throughout the year and has been changing playing conditions, making it harder for brands to get positioned to form organic.There are those who already speaks the twilight of the I like and the need to invest in new ways to achieve consumer engagement.An analyst at Forrester noted even that brands should forget about Facebook as a tool to reach their customers.And a study pointed out that the marks come really only2% of his followers on the social network.

The changes have been accumulating throughout the year.First detected loss of range after Facebook said it would make advertising pages were dispenser scope, later than would prevail now and then to penalize the click-baiting.At the same time, Facebook has been promoting other content, such as videos, which are becoming the kings of the organic range.The rules have therefore changed and so have massively.

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5 Tips for Digital Marketing Strategy

October 17th, 2019 | Posted in Marketing, Uncategorized

 

We often think that good digital strategies belong only to large companies or startups with many resources: false! Any business however small, can build a successful marketing strategy, if you follow these best practices.

Today, entrepreneurs have many ways to learn about marketing strategies both search engines and social networks: videos, podcasts , blogs, etc.

If you have a small or medium business and want to open a space for your business in the virtual world here you share a list of 5 tips that will help you succeed both online and offline.

1. Plan your Strategy

Do you ever improvised a presentation? When I have to give a talk and not prepare myself, I can almost assure you that I run media talk arguments or start using those annoying buzzwords “eeehm”, “therefore”, etc.

It is the same with any Digital Marketing strategy. If you do not plan before launching a campaign or digital strategy, two things will happen:

  • We were halfway and not know how to continue.
  • Do not really know if we cause any impact.

And the only way to know if we have any impact is to first define the objectives of the strategy. For example, you may find a very funny picture to share it on Facebook, but if the image does not respond to a defined objective to share, you’re improvising.

To define goals, we suggest that these are the SMART features:

  • S pecific (Specific)
  • M easurable (Measurable)
  • A chievable (Achievable)
  • R ealistic (Realistic)
  • T ime specific (defined time)

You also need to analyze what the market needs through key tools such as Google Trends, where the latest trends in internet searches are collected. This tool gives you a great opportunity to create a campaign consistent with the current interests of our target audience.

You know what scares me about Google Trends? It is such a good tool that can take you even realize that your business is going astray. On one occasion, researching on Google Trends we realized that nobody was looking for a product that had put all our hopes. Through this tool we could stop and refocus to ProyectaPrint.

2. Create content

Remember to put your audience first. A marketing strategy is not what you mean, but what your audience wants to hear.

This is where comes in known content marketing consisting become useful ( Youtility , is the name of the book by Jay Baer ) through unique, free and above all, ayden our material target to be better, to overcome to learn something.

If you have, well informed and professional content, your prospects begin to trust you.

No doubt the main protagonist in this type of marketing is video, especially those in a few seconds squander great creativity. For this reason, the social network of video Vine instantly became a success compared with the time it took to Facebook to position.

Remember, every content should have its own objective and must fulfill a particular function within the overall strategy. The idea is to improve the engagement of users and SEO positioning. Furthermore, the popularity of mobile devices makes a good strategy necessarily raising digital content fully adapted to be mobile navigation.

3. Choose your channels

Have you noticed the new generic and prefabricated slogan of many companies?  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter“. As if these were the only channels of communication. Gary Vaynerchuck challenges entrepreneurs to think beyond Facebook and Twitter. How about a strategy Pinterest ? I respect greatly C’SANTOS being of the few companies that have a defined strategy Instagram .

Obviously, Facebook and Twitter are the most popular social networks, but according to your type of business, you can find other social networks that are more suited to your business. Have you seen the marketing strategy Oil Ideal on Youtube?

And in this aspect of choosing channels, something that will make you succeed is to not think about social networks as communication channels (that’s TV and print) but rather, interaction channels . I have seen many brands that are dedicated to publishing and publishing but never answer comments Is that really be social?

4. Measure the Results

This point is closely related to the first: Define objectives.

Once commissioning strategy is critical to track the results that are obtained to calculate the ROI, ie, the return on investment.

The factors to consider are: the traffic generated, impact on social media, conversion rate, etc. To do this we can use tools like Google Analytics , True Social Metrics , to discuss the state of the campaign in all social networks,Social Mention to make a free followup comments about our brand in real time; Addictomatic to collect the dialogues generated based on a particular subject; SocialBro ideal for getting Twitter statistics; Crowdbooster very useful to measure campaigns and reporting; and SocialBakers , a tool to compare with the competition.

5. It uses Professionals

It is natural that at first your budget is limited, and many of the steps will you or someone on your team.

But setting up a coherent digital strategy effectively often requires professional help. That is why we use specialized company, conduct training or hire professional freelance for the design and implementation phase through employment websites is undoubtedly a key factor to achieve effective results.

When your business grows, will interest topics such strategies RTB (real-time auction) to get advertising space at low cost or using tools re-targeting and behavioral targeting, to track users who have visited our site and to directing our communication to the audience you want to reach. These are just some of the tools with which professionals can optimize a digital strategy.

Finally, to launch a digital strategy that is useful for your business is absolutely necessary to design a strategy that includes

  • Plan and define objectives,
  • Create content
  • Select interaction channels,
  • Measurement results and, if necessary, and our budget allows,
  • Recruitment of human resource to implement our plan of action.

The strategy can accommodate many types and sizes of businesses budget, but it is ideal that its basic structure includes all the points mentioned.

We hope these tips will serve you to design a more effective strategy. We wish you success in your business and forth.

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