Thursday, May 17, 2012

Using ClickBank to Create Ads for Your Blog

Have you thought about earning money by doing affiliate marketing? If you are, one of the easiest sites to use is ClickBank. You can promote many different vendors and they pay you a percentage of their earnings.

The advantage for them is they can spend more time making products while you do the leg work for advertising and bringing them sales for the products they have already developed.

The advantage for you is that you can earn money by promoting their products. In some of my other blogs, I have added links inside my articles to related keywords to products. For instance, if I wanted to promote the Mediterranean diet or lifestyle, I would highlight those words and link them to a product based on those keywords as you can see in this sentence. I can also add advertisements that look like Google Adsense ads.

I have created some youtube tutorials to show you how to do this. The first one tells you how to make tabbed ads on ClickBank. The second tells you how to make text ads.

If you liked what you learned from my tutorials, you should know that I got my ideas for this and many other blog publishing training tactics from Wealthy Affiliate. Wealthy Affiliate is an online university that trains blog publishers who want to earn money from their blogs and other internet activities. While that isn't the main reason many of us blog or go online, it does help people to learn how to earn money from doing what they'd do anyway.

In fact, you will learn how to make and maintain a thriving online business. The university teaches you how to work with the changes that Google and other major companies make so that you can get the exposure you need to keep traffic coming your way.

When you sign up, you'll have access to more than 500 training modules and videos. Each week, there are live webinars that you can participate in by asking questions and hearing the questions of others who have chosen to participate. At the time of this post, Wealthy Affiliate also offers free unlimited web hosting, meaning that you can store as much content as you need for as many sites as you own.

You're probably asking how you can afford an online university. I've given you the tools through the other jobs on this site such as SwagBucks, iRazoo, Fusion Cash, InboxDollars, MTurk, and more.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Free Hit Xchange

So you want to increase the traffic to your site to increase sales and/or referrals. It is free, but is this the site you want? Will you make money from your efforts here?  How does a site like this work?
To quote the site:
Each site you view rewards you with a visitor to your website. You can surf as much as you want and receive unlimited free traffic to your website.
This site wasn't designed to help you earn money. You can earn 30 cents after visiting 1000 sites in one 24 hour period.

The only reasons I would suggest a site like this is to
  1. Increase the traffic to your site. If you have adsense or some other advertising, you could earn money with increased visits. (I'm pretty sure this violates your agreement with Google)
  2. Increase the odds that one of your visitors will sign up for whatever you are promoting, e.g. FusionCash.
How do they make money? By getting you to upgrade your membership. The details are in the graphics below. At the time of this post, I am choosing not to upgrade. I was trying to promote several sites I work for. There were many Clixsense ads while I was viewing today.

I set up 15 sites, one banner, and one text link without much effort. Some were from my blogs while others were referral links to places I work for. I assigned credits to my sites easily, too. I visited 226 sites today and earned no referrals, just a few cents using adsense on my blogs. When the timer is done for each site, there's a captcha where you match the pictures. Unlike ClixSense, which requires your devoted attention, you can multitask. You can switch tabs on our browser, programs on your computer, etc. The Captcha looks like this:

Then, after each group of 25 sites, you'll see a captcha that looks like this, only larger:

If you get it right, you get a 10 credit bonus.

There are other bonuses after you visit certain numbers of sites. For instance, after 250 sites, you site says you get:
This is in place to encourage surfing, just as rewards are given every 25 pages surfed. The 25 pages surf rewards, and 250 pages surf rewards are dependent upon the number of sites you have surfed within a single day.
How do you get paid on Free HitXchange?
As you can see from the above graphic, you can use the money to buy account credits, banner impressions, and/or text link impressions.
Do I recommend this site?
It depends on what you hope to get out of it. If you hope to get a bunch of referrals, you probably won't get many, especially if your ads are the same or too similar to the ads being shown. Pages like InstantCashSweepstakes, iRazoo, SwagBucks, FusionCash, InboxDollars were far and few between while I was on today.I felt like I was seeing the same ads over and over again. Either these people work for the same companies or there aren't many people on this site so I'm seeing their ads over and over again.

More importantly, after using this FreeHitXchange, my site was bombarded by hits from a bot for days on end. Each hit was only seconds apart.

To support my point of view: A mentor of mine named Carson, from the Wealthy Affiliate University, said this about traffic exchanges:
You will most likely not receive any sign-ups because the traffic that they are sending to [your site here] is not REAL people. The kind of people that are being sent from these kinds of scams are really just computers. If you have paid for this service I strongly suggest that you get a refund.

Internet marketing and online business success cannot be "bought". Being a member here at WA will quickly help you realize that what works and what doesn't. Buying bulk traffic like this will never work for you.

. . . most likely where these server farms are that are sending the traffic.

 If you want traffic, you'll get it.
I also did a review on EasyHits4U, a very similar site. Like this site, EasyHits4U doesn't require your full attention. You could "surf" on both sites at the same time.

Another option is ClickBank Ad Rotator

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