Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Secrets of Affiliate and Referral Programs.

How To Earn Money From Your Web Site Or Blog

2006 Titus Hoskins

One of the most often asked questions from novice webmasters is: How do I
monetize my site? How do I earn an income from my site or blog?

The solution is quite simple, yet the effectiveness (read how much you
will make) can be very complex and complicated. There are so many factors
involved, it is more than just throwing a few banners or text ads on your
site. Factors that will greatly determine how much income you will derive
from your blogs or sites.

Maybe it is better to start from the very beginning, before you even
start to build your site or blog. The first factor you have to realize -
the Internet is run by search engines. There are exceptions but for the
most part the search engines will determine how many visitors your site
will receive.

And to simplify things further, by search engines read Google. Mainly
because Google will deliver the majority of your traffic. MSN and Yahoo
will deliver traffic but not in the numbers Google will.

Next, while the Internet is run by these search engines, its powered by
KEYWORDS. Understand this fact fully, and your life as a struggling
webmaster will be over.

Keywords and keyword phrases are what people place in the search engines
when they're searching for information or searching for a product to buy.
Obviously, keywords are the source of your online income, they're the
building blocks of any income from your site. Therefore, you have to
choose your keywords carefully. You need ones that people are using and
searching for on the web.

Use resources like or to find the best
keywords. One excellent resource is - it will not only
give you the number of searches made for any given keyword but it will
also give you the ratio of numbers of sites to exact keyword phrases,
i.e. it will give you the amount of competition for your keywords. You
can proceed or act accordingly. The lower the ratio, the better chance
you have of placing your site on the first page SERPs (Search Engine
Result Pages).

Getting on those pages will be your first step in really monetizing your
site or blog. You can do yourself a big favor by placing your main
keyword phrase in the title of your Domain. For example, if you have a
site on Gaming Laptops - place those keywords somewhere in the title of
your site or blog.

In your content or webpages always construct or create pages around
keywords that have a product attached. For example, if you have a page
entitled 'Best Gaming Laptops', more than likely your visitors will be
searching for the best gaming laptops to buy. Monetizing your site will
then only be a matter of finding affiliate programs to match this keyword
phrase. (High end gaming Laptop Manufacturers). Or placing Google Adsense
text or image ads on this page. Another popular alternative to Adsense is
the new upstart - Chitika eMiniMalls, interactive/search/product review
banner ads.

Another good strategy is to pick affiliate products that are high paying
where just one click can result in $100 or more. Where to find these
affiliate products? Some top general affiliate programs are Amazon,
Commission Junction, LinkShare, Clickbank -- all these reputable programs
lists thousands of products that sell well online. These programs will
also send your checks out on time!

Once you have this simple system worked out: high searched for keyword +
low ratio competition + matching affiliate link or banner = $$$

You will be well on your way to monetizing your site or blog. Look for
popular unexplored niche areas for your content or webpages and you will
increase your earnings. Try out different keywords and see which ones
develop into an income stream on your site. Explore the successful ones
with variations of your main keyword. Example, 'Gaming Laptops UK'. Then
get affiliate products to match these variant keyword phrases.

It is a simple formula you can follow time and time again, with all your

There are countless ways to monetize your site or blog, but trying the
system described above will give you a head-start on your competition.
Perfect this system and you will be on your way to becoming one of those
much talked about success stories on the web. Better yet, you can remain
totally anonymous, and quietly earn an income from your webpages day
after day. Keep everyone guessing and wondering just what's putting that
smile on your face?

The author operates numerous sites on the web, a general Internet
Marketing site And a Marketing Tool Guide
where you can find helpful and effective marketing tools, including Free
Internet Marketing manuals: This article
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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Affiliate Programs - Which One?

Affiliate Programs

Mostly all online marketers know about affiliate programs. Affiliate
programs is where you promote someone elses product in return for
commision for doing so. Affiliate programs are always free for
publishers. It is a great way to earn revenue without having to spend any
money out of your pocket. Not to mention, with affiliate programs some
people make thousands of dollars everyday!

Affiliate programs are not for everyone though. You have to have the
know-how, and will power to be able to take any kind of product, and make
it appear desireable to the consumer. The top affiliate programs are
Clickbank, Commission Junction, and Paydotcom along with hundreds of
other ones. If you look around the internet you will see that most
companies have an affiliate program that you can join for free. It's
really easy to do once you get the hang of it. I do it myself with a
couple of sites that I made. I love it. Especially when there is
something new to promote. You have adrenaline going, and are all smiles
in anticipation waiting to sell whatever is in front of you. I personally
use Clickbank as my main affiliate program in order to earn commissions
with. It's a great place to start, and to get into.