Affiliate Marketing Tips for Success

Affiliate Marketing TestLet me first state the problem. Most people are doing affiliate marketing incorrectly. That’s why they get bad result from it. Some people spend thousands of dollars for promotional purpose with very little return from their investment. Some others keep promoting their affiliate product although they have no sales after several months of consistent promotion. That’s why you need to know how effective your affiliate marketing promotion is.

Go through each of the questions below and determine your own efficiency in affiliate marketing:

  1. Are you selling instead of recommending?

If your answer is “Yes, I am selling”, then be aware that this is not a good method of doing affiliate marketing. The one who has the job to sell is the vendor, which is the creator of the product. Your part is just to recommend the product to your audience. So, the good way of doing affiliate marketing is by recommending, not selling.

  1. Do you target your traffic effectively?

If your answer is “Yes, I target my traffic effectively”, then this is the correct approach in affiliate marketing. The quality of your traffic will determine the amount of your affiliate sales. So, always strive for targeted traffic instead of cold traffic. Know your audience and promote your affiliate product to them and only to them. If you promote your product to irrelevant people, then you’ll end up wasting your time and money.

  1. Is your affiliate product popular?

If your answer is “Yes, it is”, then you’ve stepped into the right way. Why? Promoting popular product is part of successful affiliate marketing. When you promote a popular product, it means that people already know about the product and they’re buying that product. So, you won’t have a difficulty in generating sales from your promotion. On the other hand, if your affiliate product is not popular, then you’ll have a difficult time to convince people that the product is worth their money. Thus, it will be more difficult for you to generate sales from your promotion.

  1. Do you have a high converting landing page?

If your answer is “Yes, I have”, then you’re driving on the road of affiliate marketing success. A high converting landing page will always bring you easy sales. No matter how little the traffic that you’re sending to that landing page, you’ll keep making sales. But, if you don’t have a high converting landing page, you’ll seldom make a sale even though you send big traffic into it. The solution will be to tweak your landing page before sending more traffic to it. This is the best way you can do it.

  1. Are the vendor’s sales page highly converting?

If your answer is “Yes”, then you can be sure to make easy sales from your promotion. Why? That’s because you’ll be able to make sales even though you don’t have your own landing page. Simply by redirecting your domain name to the sales page will result in consistent sales. So, be sure to determine your vendor’s sales page conversion. The higher the conversion, the better it is. Also always make sure to review affiliate program’s terms and agreement documentation to be certain your affiliate marketing practices are in compliance so you don’t loose out on any sales you have made.

If you take this test seriously, then you’ll find your own flaws in doing affiliate marketing that make your effort inefficient. You can then change your approach in doing your affiliate marketing promotion to achieve better results from it.

The Ins And Outs Of Colocation Hosting

server_hardwareFor a long time, there was a need of a hosting plan wherein you would have the option of specifying the kind of hardware or software that would be used for the purposing of hosting your website. Webmasters were looking for a hosting service that could install custom hardware and software (customized according to the needs of their website) to run their websites. The need for such a plan led to the emergence of colocation hosting solutions.

A colocation hosting solution is a hosting plan wherein you buy your own server hardware, install the required software and then send the server to your hosting provider. The hosting provider installs the server in its network, provides it access to its network resources and provides you with an access to the server. This results in a setup wherein you have complete control over the kind of hardware and software that you want for your website. This ability to have everything customized to your needs is the biggest advantage of using a colocation hosting plan.

Apart from this, there are several other advantages of making use of a colocation plan. One such advantage is that in the long run you end up paying less money in hosting fee as compared to a traditional hosting plan. This is due to the fact that the inherently included hardware rent cost is no longer included in your billing plan since you have already paid in full your hardware costs.

Another thing is that the physical server is your property, so you need not worry about data security that can be an issue with hosting company owned servers. Let us illustrate this. Suppose you are using a traditional hosting plan to host an e-commerce website and storing customer credit card details on the server. Now, suppose you want to switch hosts; doing this would result in your server being hired by someone else. Now a few simple data recovery efforts can result in all your sensitive data being disclosed to the new party. This situation does not arise when the server is owned by you; you simply order it back from your host if you wish to change hosts.

Another advantage of using such a plan is that it is easier for you to manage your server as you are aware of all the capabilities of your server in advance and do not have to worry about performance issues when it comes to customizing the website hosted on the server.

But there are also a few disadvantages or outs of making use of a colocation hosting plan. The biggest issue is that you have to come up with the money that is required to buy server hardware and given the fact that server hardware is expensive, pooling in this money can be difficult especially if your business is just making its mark in the market. A similar alternative to colocation hosting is a dedicated server hosting plan where you rent a dedicated server instead of having to buy a server upfront.

Another thing is that you have to pay your host to maintain your server’s hardware on your behalf, as you cannot go to the server location every time there is a hardware issue. Also, if you have no knowledge about server management, you would have to hire someone or pay your host for server administration.

But these limitations are nothing when it comes to the benefits of using such a plan if you truly require it for your business’s success. Hence, it is one of the best plans for those who require specialized hardware or software for running their websites.

Increase Your Web Visibility with Sub-Domains

As a webmaster your sole purpose is to have your business made visible to a lot of Internet users from all over the world and one way to do this is to use more than one domain name. This can be done by subscribing to multiple domain hosting. Apart from this you are offered with another alternative for increasing the visibility of your business through the variant known as sub-domain.

There are many companies making use of sub-domains in order to display their business through as many means as possible. Search engines will also be able to identify the sub-domain, so this is moreover a reason to use this route for your website’s increased visibility. It is called a sub-domain because it comes as a secondary stage of a primary domain name. For instance if you own a domain called http://www.some-url.com then a sub-domain you could create could be something like: support.some-url.com

Another use for a sub-domain name is either utilize it as the primary website extension or as a completely new website. You can submit sub-domain’s to Yahoo, Bing or Google the same way you would submit a standard domain to them. This sub-domain can be used in displaying a pay per click  (PPC) campaign along with other similar purposes. Sub-domains can be a powerful tool for advertising campaigns.

Sub DomainsOut of all the other usages, the best one that defines it as very relevant is to have the sub-domain related to the primary business. For instance, it makes no sense to create a sub-domain that sells weight loss products when your primary domain name describes a business dealing with IT products. Therefore its role as an advertising tool becomes essential and more at your convenience.

Most web hosting packages that you will come across offer the possibility of creating as many sub-domains off your primary domain as you want for free. While you can get as many as you feel like, you should be aware they will take a lot of your time to build/develop each of them. Therefore reach for creating a sub-domain out of your original domain name only if you plan to make proper use of it.

Common Blog Terminology

Bеfоrе уоu ѕtart νеnturіng іntо сrеatіng уоur оwn blоg уоu ѕhоuld gеt уоurѕеlf famіlіarіzеd wіth thе tеrmіnоlоgу оf thе blоggіng wоrld. Thrоughоut thіѕ artісlе wе wіll іndісatе thе mоѕt соmmоn оnеѕ fоr уоur knоwlеdgе:

Blоg – thіѕ іѕ a tеrm сratеd frоm thе соmbіnatіоn оf twо wоrdѕ: ‘wеb’ and ‘lоg’. Aѕ уоu muѕt haνе alrеadу fіgurеd іt оut, thіѕ mеanѕ haνіng a jоurnal оn thе wеb. Thuѕ blоg сan bе uѕеd іn aѕ реrѕоnal lоg оr оnе сrеatеd fоr уоur buѕіnеѕѕ. Thе еntrіеѕ that arе knоwn aѕ ‘роѕtѕ’ wіll aрреar dіѕрlaуеd іn a rеνеrѕеd сhrоnоlоgу: thе mоѕt rесеnt роѕt bеіng thе fіrѕt оnе.

Blоgоѕрhеrе – іѕ thе соmmunіtу оf blоggеrѕ.

Blоgrоll – іѕ a lіѕt оf blоgѕ that уоu rесоmmеnd thrоughоut уоur оwn blоg tо bе νіѕіtеd. It іѕ alѕо knоwn aѕ lіnk ехсhangе.

Blоg Carnіνal – іѕ an artісlе that соntaіnѕ lіnkѕ tо соnnесt tо оthеr artісlеѕ that arе dеνеlореd оn a ѕресіfіс tоріс.

Caрtсha – іѕ a ѕеquеl оf wоrdѕ, numbеrѕ and lеttеrѕ that arе uѕеd wіth thе рurроѕе tо blосk thе bоtѕ.

Catеgоrіеѕ – arе used to grоuр related blog posts into similar tорісs. Thеѕе arе νеrу uѕеful whеn сrеatіng blоg dіrесtоrіеѕ tо еnablе реорlе fіnd еaѕіеr a ѕресіfіс blоg.

Cоmmеnt Mоdеratіоn – іѕ thе fеaturе that allоwѕ blоg оwnеrѕ tо agrее оr nоt оνеr a соmmеnt madе bу anу оf thе νіѕіtоrѕ.

Cоmmеnt Sрam – іѕ thе aсtіоn оf роѕtіng соmmеntѕ wіthоut haνіng anу rеlеνanсе whatѕоеνеr fоr thе tоріс оf thе blоg post.

Lіnk Lоνе – rеlatеѕ tо роѕtіng a lіnk оn thе blоg that уоu thіnk mіght bе оf іntеrеѕt tо оthеrѕ.

Nо Fоllоw – іѕ a fеaturе that blоg рlatfоrmѕ рrеѕеnt іn оrdеr tо рrеνеnt ѕеarсh еngіnеѕ frоm fоllоwіng a lіnk dіѕрlaуеd wіthіn a соmmеnt rерlу.

Pіng – іѕ thе fеaturе that еnablеѕ ѕеarсh еngіnеѕ to be notified when you haνе uрdatеd your blog.

RSS Fееd – іѕ thе aсrоnуm fоr Rеallу Sіmрlе Sуndісatіоn оr Rісh Sіtе Summarу whісh рrоνіdеѕ rеgular dеlіνеrу оf blоgѕ that haνе сhangеd/updated thеіr соntеnt.

Sрlоgѕ – arе thе blоgѕ that ѕрam and соntaіn ѕtоlеn соntеnt frоm оthеr blоgѕ.

Traсkbaсk – thіѕ іѕ a fеaturе thrоugh whісh blоggеr X nоtіfіеѕ blоggеr Y that thеу haνе wrіttеn ѕоmеthіng rеlatеd tо thе оthеr’ѕ blоg. Blоggеr X rесеіνеѕ thіѕ nоtіfісatіоn іn thе fоrm оf a рaragraрh that haѕ a lіnk tо thе роѕt that blоggеr Y haѕ сrеatеd.

BlueHost Special Discount

bluehost_compFor people who need a website, web hosting services can put a big dent in a budget. However, BlueHost now offers a discounted price of only $3.95 a month which is a great way to save on hosting your website. Some of the features that BlueHost offers are unlimited bandwidth, site building tools, customer support twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, and unlimited hosting space.

All of these great features, plus many more, are included in the BlueHost promotional price of just $3.95 a month. It even comes with an anytime money back guarantee. Having a website is the best way to get out the name of a small business or an independent merchant, and BlueHost allows those types of businesses to have a website that still fits in their budget. With this BlueHost special price, running a website doesn’t have to be such a huge investment.

The Beginner’s Guide To Virtual Private Server Hosting

There are several different kinds of hosting solutions available in the market these days. One of these hosting solutions is Virtual Private Server Hosting. A virtual private server or VPS is a hosting solution that makes use of virtual servers to host websites. This means that in case of a VPS plan there are several virtual servers running on the same physical server; with each virtual server being used as a hosting account.

VPS hosting plans are considered better than shared server hosting plans simply because of the performance improvement that is achieved by making use of dedicated resources. In the case of a VPS plan, the server resources are allocated statically to each of the virtual servers running on the server. What this means is that every hosting account has some resources assigned to it and these cannot be shared by any other hosting account on the server. This is not the case with shared web hosting plans wherein server resources are shared dynamically.

The advantage of such a configuration is that no single website hosted on the server can hog all the resources and cause a performance degradation for other websites on the same server; something that is somewhat regular in case of a shared  hosting plans.

Another thing that is really good about a VPS plan is that you have the freedom to install any application or plug-in on your server without having to worry about the dependencies with other installation on the server. This is because everything you install would be run on a virtual machine (VM) that is specific to your account and runs in a sandboxed environment that is not affected by any other changes done on the server outside of the VM’s scope.

Security is always a big consideration while choosing a web hosting plan. Let me tell you one thing, a VPS plan is as secure as a dedicated server hosting plan. The reason for this being the use of virtualization concepts which logically separate environments from one another and do not allow execution of procedural calls of one environment in another environment. Although, some procedures might be implemented in shared server hosting environments to disallow cross execution of procedures, but those procedures might not be that effective and may leave out security loopholes.

Virtual Private Server HostingOne more thing that makes a virtual private server hosting more desirable is the cost associated with running such a plan.  Virtual private server hosting plans are only marginally costlier than a shared web hosting plans but offers features that are comparable to a dedicated server. Hence, it becomes a very good choice if one is looking to leverage high end hosting features at a cost that is only a little more than a comparative shared web hosting plan.

Thus, it can be said that a Virtual Private Server is one of those plans which can be used as an upgrade option to a shared web hosting. Not only this, since the features of such a plan are comparable to those offered by a dedicated server; such a plan can be a great option for those looking for a hosting solution that offers the features and the freedom offered by a dedicated hosting  but do not have the kind of money that is required to run such a plan.