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Why Super Affiliates Succeed

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Ever wonder why the super affiliates are
raking it in and you’re still struggling


with affiliate programs?

Okay, it is an advantage to have a web site
with good traffic and a program related to
the theme of the web site.
It is also important to have a large list
to which you can recommend your program.

However, super affiliates do not get rich
for these reasons alone.

The main reason super affiliates succeed so
well is that they choose to promote programs
that have residual or lifetime commissions
and NOT commissions for single sales only.

What happens in most affiliate programs is
that the company which owns the product
pays the affiliate for a single sale only.
Sometimes, these programs are 2-tier.
However, the principle remains the same - one
sale, one commission.

Therefore, super affiliates choose to promote
programs with residual or lifetime commissions.
That is, they make a sale of a product which
requires constant renewal - such as web hosting
every month or a health product for a specific
remedy.

That way, the affiliate does the work once and
gets paid over and over in the future on the
basis of that one sale.

The best programs are the small number that
offer lifetime commissions. These programs
allow you to keep the customer for life after
you make one sale to that person.
So you may sell an ebook in the first instance
and the customer comes back in perhaps a year
or two and buys something else from the same
company. As the customer is “yours”, you will
get the commisssion.

In this way, the residual and lifetime
commissions mount up and continue to grow for
the same amount of work. Definitely, a case
of “work smarter, not harder”.

Many of these super affiliates could stop work
now and continue to earn an income similar
to what they are making today on the basis
of these residual/lifetime programs.

Super affiliates know that to struggle to
make one commisssion for one sale is hard
work. Shouldn’t you join them by promoting
programs with residual or lifetime commissions?

(c) John Lynch

( For an affiliate program that offers residual
and lifetime commisssions, SiteSell is a
leader in internet marketing promoting the
top selling web site design software.
http://affiliates.sitesell.com/finian.html )

10 Quick Tips To Boost Your Affiliate Commissions!

Monday, July 10th, 2006

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20 Ways To Increase Your Traffic And Sales With e-Books

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

But before rushing to create your masterpiece, you must first consider your intended target audience and then decide on the kind of content you wish to offer them.

Once this decision has been made, it’s time to begin writing the headline and title of your sales letter and e-book. You should spend some time with this to be sure that your headline and title are catchy, targeted and contain one or more of the relevant keywords of your topic.

Next, start writing your sales letter and when finished, use the sales letter headline, e-book title and sales letter as an outline to begin writing your e-book.

Still not convinced of how easy it is to write and distribute an e-book to increase traffic, leads and sales for your business? If not, here are 20 creative ways which will motivate you to get started:

1. People love to get free stuff. A free eBook is perfect. They will visit your web site to get the free valuable information.

2. Give away the full version of your eBook in exchange for testimonials. You can use these customer statements to improve your ads’ effectiveness.

3. When you write and give away a free eBook you will become known as an expert. This will gain people’s trust and they will buy your main product or service quicker.

4. Publish your web site in eBook format. Put the eBook on a disk or CD-ROM then include it with your direct mail packages. This can increase the number of people that buy your product or service.

5. Offer your eBook as a free bonus for buying one of your main products or services. People will buy the product or service more often when you offer a free bonus.

6. Allow people to download your eBook for free, if they give the e-mail addresses of 3 to 5 friends or associates that would be interested in your eBook. This will quickly build your e-mail list.

7. Create a directory of web sites in eBook form. List peoples web sites in the directory that will agree to advertise the eBook on their web site or e-zine. This will give them an incentive to give away or advertise your eBook.

8. Allow other people to give away your free eBook. This will increase the number of people that will see your ad in the eBook. You could also include a mini catalog of all your product or services that you offer in the eBook.

9. Gain new leads by having people sign up and give you their contact information before they can download your eBook. This is a very effective way to conduct market research.

10. Make money selling advertising space in your eBook. You could charge for full page color ads, classified ads or banners ads. You could also trade advertising space in your eBook for other forms of advertising.

11. Give away the eBook as a gift to your current customers as a way of letting them know you appreciate their business. Place an ad in the eBook for a new back end product you’re offering

12. Get free advertising by submitting your eBook to freebie and freeware/shareware web sites. This will increase the number of people that will download your eBook and see your ad.

13. Make money by selling the reprint rights to those that would like to sell the eBook. You could also make even more money by selling the master rights. This would allow other people to sell the reprint rights.

14. Hold a contest on your web site so people can win your eBook. You’ll get free advertising by submitting your contest ad to free contest or sweepstakes directories.

15. You will gain valuable referrals from people telling others about your eBook. Word of mouth advertising can be very effective.

16. Make money cross promoting your eBook with other people’s products or services. This technique will double your marketing effort without spending more time and money on your part.

17. Increase your e-zine subscribers by giving away your eBook to people that subscribe to your e-zine. This will give people an incentive to subscribe. Allow your e-zine subscribers to also give it away to multiply your subscribers.

18. Give away the eBook to people that join your affiliate program. This will increase the number of people that sign-up. You could also create an eBook for them to use that will help them promote your product or service.

19. Give away the eBook in exchange for people leaving their contact information. This will help you follow-up with the prospects who buy your main product or service.

20. Offer a free eBook that contains a couple of sample chapters. If they like it, give them the option of ordering the full version. It would work just like a software demo or shareware.

Do you need to be an established writer to author your own e-book? No! If the contents of your e-book is legible, targeted and has a perceived value to your audience, it should be well received. Should my e-book be long and filled with a bunch of fluff and filler? Absolutely not! It should be just long enough to get your point across to the reader and short enough to avoid fluff and filler. So there you have it. Start preparing to write your own e-book using the simple 3-step outline presented above. Use the 20 creative techniques for distributing it and watch your traffic and sales soar!

Google AdWords – Tips to keep your Ad campaign on track

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

Author - J.E. Johnson
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www.SponsorDirectory.com

AdWords can be a tricky business to be in. Some ads that we spent as little as 5 minutes on can generate tremendous income whereas ads that we spent half a day laboring over will sometimes simply sit there and cost us money.

After running a few AdWord campaigns we will generally have enough ‘feel’ for our AdWords advertisement to be able to make a success out of our online business. But in order to get enough experience it isn’t always the best thing to just try and try again if we fail.

In order to make things easier I have compiled a short list of tips and tricks on how to best run your AdWord campaign. Naturally these tips and tricks may vary a bit for the different type of products you may be promoting and nothing is (ever!) carved in stone, but these few tips should definitely help to avoid some of the potential pitfalls of an AdWord campaign.

The first and probably best tip is to do exactly what you are doing now. Read anything and everything that you can possibly find on AdWords and even read other AdWords that do well to get an indication of how things are done. There are numerous articles online that will give useful information on how the best AdWords are created.

Create keyword lists before you create your ad. By cleverly integrating keywords into the subject title or the main part of your ad you can increase the CTR (click through ratio). People will generally click on ads that contain the keywords they just searched for if they’re interested and a high CTR is definitely helpful as it can decrease your cost per clicked ad.

Surprisingly creating two ads for exactly the same product can help determine what works best. (This is called split ad testing.) This may sound like an expensive solution to testing the quality of our ads, but it will always show which approach is best. With a little bit of luck both ads will work out well and generate enough revenue to make up for the extra effort.

Continually updating the ads and keywords will ensure that the advertisements content remains fresh and in accordance with what the customer is looking for. By continually updating your ads you can potentially turn a mediocre or even terrible ad campaign around simply by changing a few words here and there or adding and changing keywords.

Make sure that your keyword lists and your used keywords also contain possible plural variations, common spelling and even spelling errors. People are not robots; the average person will be just as likely to type “affilaite” as they are to type “affiliate” and this count for practically any word. (The “a’ and the “i” is transposed. I do this ~all~ of the time!)

If your AdWord campaign is doing well be prepared to update it a little bit more often during holiday seasons. You can easily take advantage of the up-swinging buyers market in these times as there are considerably more people online looking to buy specific products.

And finally, don’t stick with keywords or ad campaigns that simply don’t seem to work. Set a specific amount of money you are willing to spend during the testing phase of the ad. If you spend that amount of money and don’t see the results you were expecting (don’t forget to tweak the ad during the testing cycle!) then it is time to scrap that ad and rethink your position.

Affiliate Marketing Can Earn You Huge Profits

Friday, June 16th, 2006

Affiliate marketing is super simple. Open an account on the many affiliate marketing sites such as Amazon, Clickbank, Commission Junction and Paydotcom. Within these sites you can easily find products from vendors that you want to sell. Most of these products pay extremely high commission. For instance, on Clickbank, you can find products that pay at least 50%. For products on Amazon, expect 5 to 10%.

Once you sign up and choose your products, you can easily copy and paste the affiliate vendor’s product code onto your web site. When a person visits your site and is interested in purchasing an affiliate product, they are passed onto the affiliate marketing site to make that purchase. You automatically get a good commission for finding the customer.

For merchants that have products to sell, you can easily reach thousands of customers each day by offering high commissions to affiliate marketers. The higher the commission or more popular the product the higher the chance web developers will place your product on their web sites to sell. So if you want to make a healthy profit either with a web site or a product, look into affiliate marketing.

More informations are available at http://www.affiliate-00.com

Affiliate Marketing’s 3 Must Have Tools

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

Although affiliate marketing is touted as one of the easiest and most effective ways to earn money online, it is not as easy as it sounds. The wise affiliate marketer plans every action and executes it the best way he can. He should also maximize the potential to earn by utilizing the right tools necessary for a successful Affiliate Marketing business. We have consulted some of the most successful affiliate marketers in the business and below are the top three necessary tools for a successful affiliate marketing business.

Important Tool #1: Your Own Niche Website

The most important and indispensable tool in Affiliate Marketing is your own niche website. The first step in any successful affiliate marketing business is building a good, credible and professional looking website. Your website is the jump off point of all your marketing efforts. Therefore, you must first build a user-friendly website, which will appeal to your prospects and encourage them to click on the links to the products and service you are promoting and buy. Therefore, you must first concentrate your efforts in building a website that will cater to what your prospects need.

The most important thing you should consider is that almost all web users go online to look for information, not necessarily to go and buy something. Above all else, make your website full of original, relevant and useful content. People will love articles that are appealing and helpful. Keep in mind that, in the internet, content is still king and good quality content will not only build your credibility, it can also help you achieve a higher search engine ranking. By posting relevant and useful articles, you establish yourself as a credible expert in the field, making you a more trustworthy endorser of the product or service you promote. Establishing a good reputation is a good step in building up a loyal consumer base.

Important Tool #2: Incentives

Competition is extremely high in the internet world. You must always be one-step ahead of your rivals to ensure that you capture a significant share of your target market. Therefore, you must use every possible means to encourage people not only to visit your site but also to click and proceed to the websites of the products and services you are promoting. Building an opt-in email list is one of the best ways to gather prospects. Offer a newsletter or an e-zine. Better yet, offer incentives to your prospects to encourage them to subscribe to your newsletters. You can present free softwares, access to exclusive services and other freebies that will be helpful to your prospective purchasers.

Important Tool #3: Link Popularity

The importance of driving highly targeted traffic to your website cannot be emphasized enough. The all-important web traffic is at the top of the list of the most important entities in the internet world. Attracting people to your site should be the first step you should carry out. Do everything to achieve a high search engine ranking. Link Popularity is one of the factors that search engines use to determine search engine rankings. Therefore, to enhance your link popularity, you must launch an aggressive reciprocal link campaign.

One of the best ways to do this – at no cost at all – is by submitting articles, with your website’s link at the resource box, to e-zines and free article sites. You will not only gain exposure, you will also have the opportunity to advertise for free, just include a link back to your site. The more sites you submit your articles to, the better your link popularity is. Make your articles original, relevant and useful so that more websites will pick it up and post it.

These are but three of the many tools that an affiliate marketer can use to maximize earning potential. The possibilities are endless and are limited only by your imagination, creativity, resourcefulness and determination. You can always explore other ideas and adapt other strategies, which you think might help you become a high rolling affiliate marketer.

Affiliate Programs Explained

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

When discussing an affiliate program, it helps to compare it to a traditional networking company where a network of salespeople and distributors are recruited to sell their products to all corners of the globe.

As an example, instead of a company selling directly to their customers it sells products through a series of distributors and salespeople. In turn, the members of this distribution and sales network enjoy a very good living by promoting the products made by others.

In essence, the affiliate programs found on the internet are distribution and sales efforts taken to the online world. The affiliate web site takes the place of the distributor and sales network, and the individual is paid by the seller of the product when a sale is made. Of course there are affiliate programs where physical products have to be shipped but there are also many other affiliate programs where only software or informational products have to be downloaded.

It is easy to understand why this arrangement is so popular, from the point of view of both the merchant and the owner of the web site. The merchant benefits from increased sales and at the same time, does not have to pay for additional advertising and he can expand his network without the need for additional and sometimes expensive advertising. The affiliate on the other hand may not have a product of his own to make money from and selling someone else’s product for a share of the selling price gives him the opportunity to start his own business.

Of course, effort is required on the part of the affiliate to promote his website and the product he is trying to sell. There are many ways that an affiliate program can be promoted. An example would be if the affiliate already has a website and a link
added directly to the merchant site. It costs nothing to set up and is very easy to do with a little cut and paste.

All good affiliate programs will have a back office with tools to use and it is always advisable to protect your affiliate links and therefore your commissions, by disguising your links so that they are not chopped off or used by anyone else. You can find a good program to use to prevent theft of your commission at http://www.1st-4-income.com/stopcommissiontheft.html.

Commissions paid by merchants vary. You can expect anything up to 70% or even more with some affiliate programs, but these will mainly be software downloads. If you go to Clickbank you will find thousands of such programs to promote. With these kinds of commissions, it is easy to see why the promotion of software type programs is such a great way to make money online. At the other end of the scale though some affiliate programs pay a pittance, as low as 1.5% in some cases and you will have to ask yourself if these will be worth the effort.

Affiliate programs are very popular on the internet. If you do not have your own product to sell and you want to have a shot at earning some money on the internet, then affiliate marketing is the way to go. Give a little time, effort and patience and you will be rewarded. So if you’re not already familiar with the concept of affiliate marketing, why not check it out?

Affiliates - Your Free Way To Web Income

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

Let’s first look at what it takes in order to make money the traditional way…

Because there’s so much competition on the net you need to offer many products in order to earn a reasonable living. Do you want to spend a lot of time creating these? If you do then fine, but be prepared for a lot of hard work, research and a long wait for results.

Imagine instantly acquiring 10, 20, 50, 100, or even 1000s of desirable products. You simply put them up for sale and kaboom you’re an instant success. Your income automatically comes to you without even sending a single product or sending a single invoice.

Or imagine this…

You get a job as a salesman but instead of being limited to one product that someone might or might not want. You have a product for everyone. You’ll always have a customer. Every day!

Then imagine getting home from the pub or back from holiday. You switch on your computer and check to see how much your bank balance has increased.

HOW IT WORKS

You copy and paste an affiliate link and short recommendation into your website that you create. (Visit Tripod’s website and you can have a website for free.) They all offer this written up for you. You just copy and paste.

Then advertise your site to get customers.

The best way to advertise your site is by writing short useful articles with a link back to your website. Then simply post the article to as many article sites as possible. They’re all free.

Every time someone reads your article they’ll most probably click the link in your resource box and visit your site.

Also in every email you send to anyone have your website link in that as well.

The easiest way to do this is by setting up a sig file in your email program. Look at the help to find out how to do this.

Then every time you send an email your website link will be included.

HOW YOU DO IT

There are 2 ways.

Method #1

You can search the internet looking at many different products for sale that offer an affiliate program. Believe me, this takes time. I’ve tried it.

Each time you find one, you sign up.

Every time someone clicks your link and buys from the site you earn a commission. Simple!

Method #2

You use a free service which is a web site that has lots of companies with a product offering an affiliate program.

There are many available.

Click the link at the bottom of this article for the one, in my opinion, is the best I’ve found. IT’S FREE.

To sign up you don’t need to provide any credit card details, so it’s completely safe. You will however need a Paypal account. You just tell them the Paypal email address to pay the funds.

If you don’t like Paypal they have a few other options.

And, oh yes. It’s free to join.

When you’ve joined simply click the marketplace tab and scan the products. Any item you wish to promote you simply click the promote button. You are then given your affiliate URL and all the sales patter you want. Or you can make up your own.

Simple! You’ve got nothing to lose. Sign up now (IT’S FREE) and you’ll soon be agreeing with me that this is the simplest and most effective way of earning a living from the internet.

Good luck! Ian Stables

8 Things I have Learned As An Internet Marketer

Friday, May 26th, 2006

1. Choosing The Right Program

Choosing the right program to affiliate with is still a relevant way of making money on the internet. I learned not believe all the hype surrounding every affiliate program on the net. Instead I look for affiliate programs that pay at least 30% commissions and are run by reputable internet marketers.

2. Choosing The Right Tools

I learned quickly that you need much more than just a website to become successful. Choosing the right tools to optimize your internet business is crucial if you hope to succeed. Tools like auto responders, professional emailboxes, and software that help with linking and submitting your site to search engines is very important information to have. However, some of these tools can be expensive, but the return on investment is priceless.

3. Targeted Traffic

Getting the right people to your website is something all internet marketers are constantly working to achieve. In this business you find a lot of tire kickers, these are the people that may download a free product or tour your site but they have no intentions of ever buying any of your products or services. Finding targeted traffic is what you need, people that our looking for a home-based business or a product or service you are selling.

4. Quality Leads

Quality leads are very important when talking about targeted traffic. there are plenty of companies that offer leads and subscription services, and I suggest trying a few different companies out, because you just do not know what type of leads you will get. One of the first companies I used to buy leads from provided me with leads from people all over the world, most of whom did not speak English, or they wanted me to either give them money or go out on a date! So I learned to ask around and investigate a few companies out before I invest in leads.

5. Publishing A Newsletter

Publishing my own newsletter is very important, probably more important than I first realized. With your own newsletter filled with relevant content that can help your prospects, you gain trust and credibility. Your prospects are more willing to buy your product or service if they feel as if they know you.

6. Reciprocal Linking

This was a powerful lesson to be learned. Search engines love reciprocal links when deciding your page rank and position in their search engine. This was an eye opener. With the right software I was able to make reciprocal linking work to my advantage, without having to manually do it myself. Reciprocal linking has helped me with my alexa ranking as well as in the search engines.

7. Finding JV Partners

Finding Joint Venture (JV) partners is also very important is building a successful online venture, in a sense reciprocal linking is a JV partnership in that you are hoping your link on someone else site will bring you visitors and vice-a-versa. However, there are also other JV partnerships available and are quite easy to find, if you know where to look ( see below). I have a few JV partners that I work with to mutually make our businesses profitable. It is the old adage of “you scratch my back, I scratch you back” where each partner brings something different to the table and combined they form a JV partnership.

8. Business Forums

I found reading and posting to business forums to be invaluable to the success of my business. These are great places to learn from people that have been doing business for a long time. I also told you about finding JV partners, well business forums is where to find people you would like to do business with. Most forums allow you to use a signature file that you can use as “free” advertising for your business.

In closing, I would like to add that there are probably a hundred more lessons I have learned since starting my online business. I continue to learn something new everyday that only helps me in my goal of becoming a successful internet marketer. Good luck.

A Work at Home Business Opportunity — Build Your Own Affiliate Website !!!

Monday, May 15th, 2006

What is an Affiliate?

An affiliate promotes products and services on their website for a commission. They choose merchants that fit within the context of their site’s offerings. If you have a website devoted to Automobiles, for example, you would select merchants that sell automotive products. You can build websites that specialize in anything you prefer, such as travel, shopping, automotive, sports, gifts, food, gambling, casinos, and just about anything you are interested in. Affiliates enter into an agreement to place links on their websites that lead to the merchant, for the purpose of promoting goods and services. In return, affiliates can earn commissions on click-through leads, or purchases made through their sites.

10 Steps To Becoming A Successful Affiliate

Affiliate websites are both challenging, and profitable. If you are willing to devote some time and energy into creating, and promoting your own website, it can be very rewarding. It takes time, and a lot of hard work to develop a successful affiliate website, but the rewards are phenomenal. Thousands of Merchants have realized the tremendous value of having affiliates sell their products, and are actively seeking new ones. It does not cost anything to become an affiliate, but some merchant programs are better than others. Can you trust them to track your commissions correctly, and pay on time? Do they offer dynamic, current, and proven sales aids to help you make sales? If you are going through all the work to create a dynamic and appealing website, to attract customers and make sales, than you need to know that you can trust them to hold up their end of the bargain. This is after all, a partnership between you and the merchant, and you need to work well together. It’s not enough however, just to sign up as an affiliate with a merchant. You need to build a website that will create sales, and know how to promote your website so customers will visit it. I have created a 10-step program for the novice that will take you from the beginning research phase, to optimizing your finished site for maximum exposure. I cannot guarantee you will be successful, only you can determine that. I can assure you however, that if you follow this 10 step program, you can build (without any previous experience), an affiliate website that will make you a lot of money.

#1 - Website Marketing

Before you do anything else, get yourself some good books on Web Site Marketing. There are a lot of good ones available on the Internet. Most are not very expensive, and many are free. You can find a list of free and inexpensive eBooks you can download (http://www.affiliate.budsbestbuys.com/eBooks.htm). You can find more if you like, by searching on one of the search engines like Google, or Alta Vista. It’s important that you do this first, because you will save yourself a lot of time and aggravation if you learn from the experts what you should be doing, before you build your website.

#2 - Build Your Website

It is best to build your own website. Most hosting sites have a built in website builder that you can use free. Read step #3 (Web Hosting Companies), to learn more about these options. If you prefer to purchase your own website building program, Dreamweaver and Front Page are probably the most popular programs available. They both offer free 30 day trials, and can be downloaded. Download Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 at http://www.microsoft.com/office/frontpage/prodinfo/trial.mspx and you can download Microsoft Front Page 2003 at: http://www.microsoft.com/office/frontpage/prodinfo/trial.mspx This Site Building Tools page, will help you find a variety of tools and software to help you build and customize your website: http://affiliate.budsbestbuys.com/website%20building%20tools.htm You will soon find out that building your own website can be interesting, exciting, and challenging. It really is not all that difficult, and if you apply yourself, before long you can become an accomplished Webmaster. There are many prebuilt sites available, but you are somewhat limited in what you can do with them. They are not very expensive, so if you tried one to get your feet wet, and practiced promoting it, the experience can’t hurt you. The problem with most of the prebuilt sites is that, what is on them, is what you’re stuck with. A good website should always be improving. To find Prebuilt Websites you can purchase, please click this link: http://www.affiliate.budsbestbuys.com/website%20building%20tools.htm

#3 - Web Hosting Companies

Find a good web hosting company. There are an awful lot of web hosting companies competing for your business, and you should spend a little time researching some of them. Print a list of each sites feature, and compare them. Web site statistics are a must. It enables you to see where your traffic is coming from, and which ads are drawing in customers. Technical support that is open 24/7 is also very important. If you plan on using your hosting companies website builder, you will want to check it out to see if you feel comfortable with it. I use IX Web Hosting at https://www.ixwebhosting.com/cgi-bin/affiliates/clickthru.cgi?id=kitsolutions and have always been satisfied with them. Site Build 1.6 software, which is easy to use, and produces a very professional looking site, is included in their package. You can find a complete list of Web Hosting Companies at: http://www.affiliate.budsbestuys.com.

#4 - Get Your Own Domain Name

You will need your own domain name. There are hundreds of companies that will help you select a domain name, and register it, for a nominal fee. Check with your web host first. Most offer to register your domain name for you with their package. You should always own your own domain name. Do not use a free domain name. Many sites such as Geocities, or Yahoo will offer you a free domain name, but it does not belong to you. It just doesn’t make any sense to spend months or even years building name recognition for your site, only to lose the domain name if the company who owns it changes policy, or goes out of business. You can register a domain name for as little as $8.88 per year. Domain names need to be reregistered every year.

#5 - Content for your Website

Content is King. Remember this when building your site. People browse the net for information, and you must have good content to attract and keep the attention of people visiting your site. Fill your pages with interesting content about your websites subject. If your website is about shopping, than write about things that pertain to shopping. You can get free articles to paste on your site from a variety of places. This Content Source http://www.affiliate.budsbestbuys.com/content%20sources.htm page lists free articles that you can use on your site. You can also get much of the content you need from your merchants, or you can write your own. Use link text and articles to link to your merchants, as much as possible. Banner ads are very good, but you should try to limit the number on each page. A page full of mostly banners can be annoying, and will chase potential customers away.

#6 - Sign Up For Affiliate Programs

Once you have your website built, its easy to get merchants that will pay you a commission on sales referred to them through your website. Affiliate programs are available from individual merchants, and from Affiliate Program Companies, that offer a variety of merchant affiliate programs on one site. They supply you with, banners, text, and advertising information that you can use on your site. Many of them offer tutorials, website building tips, and marketing advise to help make you successful. From this list of Affiliate Programs http://www.affiliate.budsbestbuys.com/Affiliate%20Programs.htm you can select the merchants you would like to sign up with. The merchant sites will guide you through the signup process.

#7 - Site Promotions

Promoting your site is the one of the most important parts of owning a website. A website without any visitors is useless. Once you’ve built and published your site, you need to promote it properly to attract a steady flow of traffic. There are a lot of Enzines (internet Magazines) and inexpensive or free classified Internet ads that work very well. Most Affiliate programs will offer advise on promoting your site, and they can be a great source for information and advise. Take all the advice you can get. The best I have found, and the one I use the most is Adland Pro (http://www.adlandpro.com/partner.asp?ref=247637&pg=ls), and I would check them out when your looking.

#8 - Optimize and Submit Your Site

Next, but by far the most important, you need to optimize your website and submit it to the search engines. There are a lot of services available that you can purchase, that will optimize your site, and offer to get you rated on the search engines. Be careful when looking at one of these services, and remember, if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is. There are also software programs you can buy for a lot less money, and do it yourself. I definitely recommend buying your own software. It will cost you a lot less money in the long run, especially if you start building more websites, which most of us do. Here at (http://www.affiliate.budsbestbuys.com/website%20optimizers.htm Website Optimizers) you will find the latest list of the best and easiest to use software available.

#9 - Link to Other Sites

There are a lot of ways to get good ratings on search engines, and you should read everything you can find to get advise, but the most important thing to remember is you need to link to other websites. I can’t stress this point enough. The search engine robots place a lot of importance on how many links you have coming into your website. You can make your own link directory, but it is difficult, and you’re a lot better off with a professionally made one. One of the best on the market is Zeus. It’s the one I use, so you can look at my link directory at http://www.budsbestbuys.com to check it out. You can get the basic one free, and it may be all you will need. I recommend you get the free one first. You can always upgrade later if you think you will need the extra features of the pro model.

ARELIS - http://www.Axandra.com/go.to/kitsolutions

ARELIS is a top rated software program that helps you to build a powerful business network quickly and easily. Reciprocal links add value to your web site, and you’ll get targeted traffic from clicks on your links at other web sites.

ZEUS - http://www.cyber-robotics.com/cgi-bin/[email protected]

Zeus creates traffic to your web site in numbers beyond your wildest dreams and will give you TOP positions in all the Search Engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN and AltaVista. “Trading Links with other web sites brings you qualified traffic, period! The more links you have, the more successful your web site. The more you use Zeus, the more successful your web site.”

#10 - Shopping Carts and Accepting Credit Cards

All of your merchants will have their own shopping carts, accept most major credit cards, and they handle all sales. They keep track of your sales activity, and send your commission checks to you. If however you want to sell your own merchandise or e-books, on your web site, you will need to set up a shopping cart program, and accept credit cards. There are a lot of shopping cart programs you can purchase, and if you have a very large store you are setting up, they may be worth looking into. If you were just planning on selling a few items of your own on your affiliate site however, it probably wouldn’t be worth the money.

PAYPAL - https://www.paypal.com/us/mrb/pal=E5WPK5QSYNXGS

Use PayPal to receive payments easily and safely. Start accepting credit card payments in minutes. PayPal offer an outstanding shopping cart program that is free, and hard to beat. You can place items on your own shopping cart, and if your customers belong to PayPal, it doesn’t cost you anything. If they buy through a credit card, there is a small percentage fee they charge you, to handle the transaction.

PayPal handles all of the transactions for eBay, and most people know the name and are comfortable with them. Usually your web host will offer a shopping cart program you can use, but most of them charge extra for this service. You can also find dozens of shopping cart companies competing for your business on the Internet. We highly recommend PayPal. Free is always good.

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