Thursday, January 19th, 2012 at 8:46 am
When most people have a task to do, they usually do well once they get started, and finding affiliate programs for your site or blog is no exception — you just need a little kickstart to get your brain into the right mode.
There’s a really easy way to get things started…go look at one of your competitors. There are tons of ways to do this — the easiest way would be to put your keyword(s) into Google and see what pops up.
The order of the results is based in good part on Google’s PageRank, which has a lot to do with the number of other sites that link to a particular site.
Pick one of the results near the top and click on the link. Hover on a banner or text advertising box and see where the URL leads. Take note of the particular network such as Shareasale, ClickBank, Linkshare, etc. and the particular programs on the site. I keep a list using Microsoft Notepad when I surf competitive sites for clients.
Most of the time I ignore CPM-based networks like DoubleClick or AdBrite, and contextual ad networks like Google and Yahoo. I do pay particular attention to the category affiliate network banners and text ads. For example, if you surf a few competitors and find a lot of banner advertising for web site hosting, that means your competitors are having at least some luck with website hosting affiliate programs.
When you come up with a good list of networks, programs and categories, go visit the networks that appear the most on the sites (try to go to 5 or 6 different sites so you can see any patterns that emerge).
You should now have a terrific list to start from, including a list of networks, programs and keywords. Now all you have to do is poke around and see which pay the best and try to figure out which your visitors might like.
While you’re on the other sites, try to get a feel for where on the page the ads are placed, which can make a huge difference in clickthrough and conversion.
Friday, December 16th, 2011 at 7:31 am
Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of participating in several interviews. One of the most common questions I’m asked was also asked by well known names in the affiliate marketing world.
There’s really no major secret to my online success really, a simple search of my name reveals darn near everything — including the niche topics I focus on. In much the same fashion as the famed blogger, Darren Rowse, I’ve chosen to take the same approach in not over talking my niche too much.
If you’re one of the few interested in knowing the various ways I monetize my blogs, you can find all those ‘not so secret secrets’ revealed on my My Money Makers page.
I’ll keep that page updated with changes to my monetizing status — if I add a program, it will be listed. If I find one is just not working for me anymore, I’ll remove them. Occasionally I will share a glimpse inside the actual profits and share what I am making and with what.
I truly have nothing to hide and hope to share what I’ve learned along the way with anyone who would like to work from home, so if you have a question you’d like answered, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Sunday, December 11th, 2011 at 1:07 pm
During the holiday shopping season, companies spend the bulk of their advertising budgets targeting kids. Kids begin carefully planning their Christmas wish lists the instant they see hints of red and green speckled amongst the pumpkins and witches hats as Halloween draws near. Kids daydream about the the newest toys hitting the store shelves and the captivating commercials flooding the television screen. Santa goes to great lengths to ensure happy Christmas mornings. Almost simultaneously, parents begin studying ads investigate the hottest toys, find the best deals and make the wisest choices.
You’re probably wondering what the hottest toys have to do with working from home, right?
The reason I’m introducing the hottest toys is to shine a light on a way to earn money during the holidays and position yourself to earn money in an ongoing way. This method of earning money can be done simply by partnering with VigLink.
VigLink has been monitoring the hottest trends and top sellers. VigLink has gone to great lengths to provide detailed information on these top selling products based on their own collected data and their own sales results.
Hottest Kids’ Toys for 2011 Holiday Season!
- Barbie Dolls & Accessories
This classic from Mattel is still tops: Live the fab life with Barbie Dolls & Accessories!
- Hot Wheels
Hot Wheels are still incredibly popular, and are a must have gift for the little auto enthusiast on your list this holiday season.
- Transformers Action Figures
The popular movie comes alive with all the Transformers action figures.
- Star Wars Lego Sets
Star Wars Lego Sets are galactic fun for kids of all ages this holiday.
- Disney Pixar CARS 2 Shu Todoroki #22
Cars 2: With authentic styling and details, this popular character is die cast, and perfect for recreating all the great scenes from the movie.
- Disney Pixar CARS 2 Miguel Camino #23
Another one of your favorite characters from the Disney Pixar film, CARS 2, in 155th scale.
- Harry Potter Lego Sets
Bring Harry Potter play alive with these popular Lego sets.
- Air Hogs Real Lightning McQueen
Get the real deal with the real Lightning McQueen. Watch his eyes and mouth come to life with amazing impulse projection technology.
- Air Hogs R/C Hawk Eye Blue Sky
Get in the pilot’s seat of the air hogs camera plane for an adrenaline pumping ride full of high-action video.
- Disney Pixar CARS 2 Lewis Hamilton
Special Cars 2 character featuring Formula One Driver Lewis Hamilton, with actual rubber tires.
Using This Information to Make Money Using VigLink
You don’t have to use the holidays as an excuse to start thinking about ways you can make money with VigLink. Now is as good a time as any though to jump in and catch a bit of that holiday spending just by creating a review website or individual focused product promotion.
The VigLink top ten list shown above was provided by VigLink and provides items that continue to rank among the highest sellers year after year. These toys will be around for a very long time, so developing your site content to be centered around these products will prove timeless and classic. Basically it will most likely be a sure thing.
With VigLink you can monetize your site with tremendous ease. You continue to earn just as you do when someone purchases through your standard affiliate link. However, VigLink allows you to start earning without the hassles of having to create individual affiliate accounts and maintaining custom affiliate links.
What it boils down to is VigLink does all the work for you. All this happens behind the scenes. The process matches your content with advertisers and products your visitors are most interested in.
If you’re not using VigLink yet, simply sign up with your registered URL and you’ll be up and running in no time!
More on VigLink:
The Quickest Way I’ve Found to Affiliate Earning
Maximizing VigLink Earnings – My Personal Step-by-Step Guide
VigLink Universal Affiliate Program – The Smart Way to Monetize Your Blog
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