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Affiliate Campaigns and Twitter

By djfunkyslick On September 16, 2011 No Comments

Have you utilized Twitter to market your affiliate products? How have measured that reach and success? If you have had no real way of monitoring your online marketing efforts via Twitter; hold on to your affiliate hats.

Twitter Analytics

“According to PC World, this new tool will be a great asset for businesses, as it can help them determine whether an online visitor found the website through Twitter, a search engine or some other source. This is useful, the source says, because companies will be able to launch “incentive and affiliate programs, which would have been impossible to implement in the past.”

Seeing as this really was not plausible before, the magnitude of this project could be immense for your affiliate campaigns. These analytics will allow you to tweak your affiliate marketing efforts and target the places that are going to bring you a better ROI. After all, return on investment is the key to success in business…..online and brick and mortar.

Twitter announced they would be rolling out Twitter Web Analytics in the near future. you should know by now that a successful affiliate program monitors and analyzes…ALWAYS. Doing so saves you money, puts your money in the right place…and gets your affiliate offers out to the right people. Geo targeting is a huge benefit when you are talking about making real money online.

As far as I am concerned, affiliate marketing is the easiest way to make money online. Someone else has created the product already; all you have to do is promote it. Learn how to do that…and you can make a fine income. Hopefully you are learning some of those how to’s here at affiliatehat. That is after all, our main goal.

I do not have a specific date that Twitter Web Analytics will be released, however it is stated that it will be soon. I hope you jump on board and utilize these types of free tools to aide in making you money.


Ethical Affiliate Marketing: Don’t Cookie Stuff!

By djfunkyslick On September 7, 2011 No Comments

If you want to make fast cash once, be an unethical affiliate marketer. Lie and cheat your way to money. However, if you want to make a lot of money over and over again; practice ethical affiliate marketing. Don’t be a cookie stuffer!

What Is Cookie Stuffing?

Also goes by the term force click. Cookie stuffing is an unethical affiliate behavoir and many affiliate programs now incorporate this into their terms of use. If a merchant determines you practice cookie stuffing, you can be booted out of the program altogether. If it’s a high paying gig, you lose big time.

What is being described is the practice of automatically simulating a physical click of an affiliate link. Cookie stuffing is commonly used to describe a simulated click happening on a web site versus a simulated click happening through adware. Occasionally people will use the term in conjunction with adware.

When a simulated click of an affiliate link occurs, the clickstream happens as it normally would if a real person had physically clicked the link. The affiliate link is sent to the respective Network (or Merchant in the case of an in-house program) servers, the click is recorded and tracking cookies are placed on the end user’s computer. Hence the term cookie stuffing since in many cases the most obvious sign that something has happened is the appearance of the tracking cookie(s) on the computer.

There are many ways to technically automate or simulate a physical click of an affiliate link. The term cookie stuffing generally encompasses any of the various ways of achieving a simulated click of an affiliate link.

My simple practice is this; operate your affiliate business with the utmost integrity and ethical behavoir. You can make a serious amount of money with the right program and marketing. This should be treated as a real and viable business venture on your part.

You wouldn’t want your brick and mortar business succumbing to scams right? You would want real, live and breathing customers. Treat your affiliate marketing business the same.

Key Tip for Online Success, Stop Reading Blogs!

By Affiliate Hat On January 15, 2010 5 Comments

The one main advantage of blogs is that it’s easy to love reading it. Because of it’s intrinsic nature, most people prefer reading blogs rather than the traditional media, newspaper, news sites and etc. Since bloggers are friendly and do prefer to interact with people, a lot of us have just put reading as one of our daily habits.

If you’re reading this article, you probably have heard this tip a lot of times. Stop reading and start implementing. But you’re reading this blog now which means you’re doing the wrong thing? Probably yes or probably no.

If you notice, the people who are telling you that tip are the same people known as bloggers. And bloggers are the ones who produce content and drive as much people as they can to read and read and read. So how is that?

The truth is they don’t really want you not to read their blog anymore, what they want is for you to read their blog and dismiss all the other ones. Sounds bad but that’s the case. YET if you follow that tip, it would benefit you A LOT!

Stopping reading blogs is not really about not reading at all, it’s about lessening your consumption. The problem with most people who love reading is that they consume and consume and consume until they forgot and forgot all the stuffs they’ve read. In whatever business you are, it’s not really them who will move your business, its YOU. So stop blog hopping, stop exploring the blogosphere, stop subscribing to them and start doing your own thing whether it’s affiliate marketing or whatever.

Reading 2-3 blogs a day is good but if reading and reading has become a habit of yours that it starts to hurt your productivity then quit on reading.

Importance of Domain Name in Affiliate Marketing

By Affiliate Hat On September 25, 2009 1 Comment

It will be surprising to know how the Super Affiliates earn great amount of money. There are some secret tools that they use but generally they never inform to anyone.

One of the secret techniques that they use is to transform a tough, complicated and long affiliate link into the smaller and easy to remember domain name. Then after, they forward this domain name to an affiliate link.

Most of the affiliate programs do not allow you to use their name. The changes in their name are also permitted. So, you need to register a generic domain name and point it to your affiliate link.

Suppose, you require to use one of your domains to advertise spyware removal software. For this, you need to use a short, seven letter domain name instead of using your actual affiliate link. Do not expect people to type this link as a domain name into their browser. You will be using this only when you put the listings in the search engines which allow pay per click such as Google AdWords, Overture, Enhance Interactive and FindWhat. So, what you are doing here is, sending the users directly to the sites with a domain that fulfills the requirement of the users related to the particular site.

Remember that the domain registrar should allow you to forward the domain to the URL for free or with very less cost. If you have a domain for your affiliate link, it can be useful to opt in the newsletter.

Picking Affiliate Offers To Promote

By Affiliate Hat On May 10, 2009 2 Comments

Today I am going to make a really quick post about picking an affiliate offer/s to promote. So assuming you have now completely understood the whole affiliate marketing concept and already signed up w/an affiliate network, we are now going to pick an offer.

So picking an affiliate offer to promote doesn’t really take a lot of efforts. Although some people would suggest you to do some research to find out what is hot and what is not, that is not really necessary. The best way to find out is by actually implementing so you could make a brief test if the offer is worth promoting or not.

Does that mean you have to lose money first? Definitely not! To help you make the decision is your beloved affiliate manager. Who the heck is he/she? Aff.manager is the one who holds you and communicates with you. It’s very important to develop a close relationship with him/her. So right after you signed up w/a network you can immediately shoot her an email asking for some top converting offers and how it is promoted. That way you are getting ahead way of everyone who’s not communicating with their manager.

If you already decided on an offer to promote you need to pay closely at the requirements and descriptions. In that certain page you can see where the offers are accepted (geographically), accepted ways of promoting it and the earningsperclick and etc.. Not following the requirements would give you a lot of headache as you’d just be wasting your time and money promoting an offer.

That’s it, questions are very much entertained…