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  • Affiliate Marketing on Your Blog...Which Do You Use?

    10 posts, 5 voices, 532 views, started Oct 10, 2008

    Posted on Friday, October 10, 2008 by Cheryl Phillips

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    • I’m wondering which (if any) affiliate marketing companies you use to generate $$ on your blogs. There is the standard Google Adsense and then companies like Linkshare.  

      I’ve made a bit from Adsense, but I hate most of their ads so I have removed much of it. I use linkshare and find I get a TON of hits but no one goes further than that...so it’s a big $0! I’ve used Commission Junction and had little success.

      I’m in the midst of having my blog re-designed and going to have it on my own domain instead of blogger. Once it’s redesigned, I’d like to know the best aff. mktg companies out there so I can find a good fit.

      Also: How often do you rotate ads? How many do you have up?

      Just curious and love to learn from others!!



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          Feathermaye wrote Oct 10, 2008
        • It’s funny... Scott and I were talking earlier about the affiliate links I have on my page, and the fact that other than filler, they‘re really serving no purpose.

          I’ve decided that I’m removing them for now... except the ones that I really, REALLY like. Like the t-shirt that says “I love you but I love me more“. Now that’s just cool! Whether anybody buys one, or not.

          I’m also condensing my 3 blogs into one, since I’m building the actual website now. Besides, I just haven’t had time for movie reviews and my diet has gone to hell, so they‘re just taking up bandwidth at this point.

          To answer your question (sorry!), I’ve slapped a lot of linksys stuff up there, and my experiences are the same as your so much as a lot of click thrus but no generated dinero.  

          I’ve decided it’s silly of me to think I’m gonna earn any amount of money until I have a big readership.

          Wow... I put a lot of words here, but I’m not sure I’ve given you what you were looking for. Typical me, I guess! :)

          I’m excited about the new and shiny dailyblonde! Are you really dropping blogger altogether, or just redirecting your domain name to your blogspot, like I’ve done for now?



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 10, 2008
        • I’m curious about the idea of having your own blog. Is it a website that you manage yourself and make daily changes to it like you can do with a blog? Do you have to know HTML language to do it? Do you have to have an ongoing  relationship with a webmaster? What about hosting? Where will you park it so it can be accessed online?

          As for ads and marketing. I know nothing about that. When Yana put the green highlighted words on her site I started putting the arrow on them to see what would pop up. I’ve made one purchase as a result. Maybe Yana can shed some light on this subject.

          Either way,I’m still reading both your blogs. And you‘re both on my blog roll. Cheryl, I need to learn how to do this tagging stuff so I can reciprocate.

          I got Skype today and I’ve already had a conversation with our member coachmombabe. It was fun.



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          Cindylouwho1966 wrote Oct 10, 2008
        • I’ve gotta get out of the 20th century.



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          Feathermaye wrote Oct 10, 2008
        • Cheryl, this is not a blog-jacking. Forgive me in advance for a late night ramble...

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          Cynthia, are you a night owl like me?

          The best answer I can give you (Cheryl will probably have a better one) in regards to turning your blog into a website, or vice versa, is to direct you to www.dooce.com. There are lots of others out there, sustaining themselves (and perhaps their families) from their blogging alone, but she’s one of the most well-known.

          Currently I’m building my own website with the freebie templates and tools that came with my domain name purchase (from godaddy.com), but I intend to purchase a hosting plan eventually and step outside of the basics. I’m learning html as we speak. Eventually I will be dropping my blogspot blog and will be at my website only.  

          That’s why I’m not spending too much time with the affiliate marketing right now. When I switch over, I’ll have to start over with the affiliates.  

          I’ve just gotten into this in the past several months. I’m on my job about 65 hours a week, but there’s a lot of down time there; I just have to be the warm body in the seat in case something comes up. As such, I’ve set aside the 1/2 dozen screenplays I’ve been marketing and decided to try my hand at blogging instead. I’m still ironing out “what” I want to be known for, what my blogging voice is, etc.

          And I’m not alone. There are lots of bloggers who hope to be ‘discovered‘, much like aspiring novelists, screenwriters, etc. There are so many good writers out there that you have to stand out; a really creative/funky/eclectic website, in addition to being a talented writer, is the penultimate goal.

          Whew... maybe more info than you wanted, but it’s so at the forefront of my mind right now because I’m neck-deep in it.

          You can also read about “Dooce” (Heather Armstrong is her name) here: [Link Removed] She got fired from her job several years ago for blogging about co-workers and on-the-job kind of stuff. Now her blog (which includes daily photos, product recommendations, etc) supports her family. That means her and her husband’s incomes have been replaced by the advertising on her site. I’m not sure if that means the affiliate commissions or if advertisers are paying her, but either way it’s pretty amazing!


          Feathermaye, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 10, 2008
        • Thank you Heather for the really good information. I appreciate it and I’m going over to Heather Armstrong’s blog right now to look it over.

          I think it’s really something to be able to take something like blogging and use it for income. I never thought of that myself. I want to establish name recognition for my chocolates and my expertise in chocolate for a future in teaching chocolate making classes, establishing cold kitchens for confectioners and cake decorators to rent - lots of ideas in the pipeline for income producers.

          I can’t make the chocolate myself forever. Eventually it will take its toll on my wrists with the piping of the fillings.  

          Blogging I believe can connect someone like me to my customer. They feel like they‘re buying something from a friend. I like the personal connection.

          Thank you again for your thoughts. If you decide to get into the possible mastermind group your vision for the future of your blog may just come into light. Sounds like you‘re on the right track with it. And your blog is very entertaining and fun to read.

          Oh, and no I’m not really a night owl. It’s only 7:40 here on Maui. We‘re 6 hours behind east coast time. I get up at 4:30 in the morning so usually by 9:00 PM my time I’m a zombie.

          Have a good night
          Cynthia



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          Feathermaye wrote Oct 10, 2008
        • What you have in mind would work perfectly on a website! For example, your home page could have several different ‘areas’ or sections (just like the homepage here at fab40) that provide little teasers, and link to the full article/recipe, etc. inside.

          You could have a blogging section where you achieve that personal touch to your site’s visitors; you have your featured product(s), your favorite cookware or chocolate supplier, etc.; and then your product pages, where you peddle your wares.

          It’s all relatively easy these days. Even if you don’t know how to accomplish it all, somebody else always will. You can either pay for the assist, or take it upon yourself to learn the ins and outs. That’s what I’m doing now.  

          My husband is a big supporter of my goals and got me the nifty lap top so that I can always be connected, even if just for the frivolous moments that keep me sane. However, I don’t feel right hiring a web designer until I’ve started to see a return on the initial investments.

          Anyway, I’m on-board for the Mastermind Group. I don’t even know much about it, but I’m like a sponge and can pick up so much from such savvy gals. I just hope the logistics come together in a way that we can all participate at the level we want.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 11, 2008
        • Heather, you have a great idea with the home page of a website looking similar to the home page here; little teasers of articles and sections that can be accessed with a click. I know the DIY templates with the hosting companies like godaddy are more user friendly once the learning curve is handled. That’s going to be next for me. I’ll operate out of blogger through Father’s Day then my usual summer evaluation of my business and revision of the plan accordingly.

          I’m glad your husband is so supportive. Mine gets that glazed over look when I talk about my business. He makes the effort, though, because everyone who works for him is so supportive of my chocolate. It’s kind of politically correct for him to be on board. That may sound strange but it’s just how it is. He’s a strong force with a pretty big personality. I don’t think he expected a strong business woman to rise up out of little wifey poo.

          Oh, well.

          Keep truckin along! I’m going to your blog right now and then to Cheryl’s to get my morning dose of giggles.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 11, 2008
        • Cheryl, I just realized that I took this tread into another direction. I want it to get back to the subject at hand.

          I’d really like to know if the green words that bring up a window when you move the arrow on them brings any kind of revenue. I started looking around to see what some of the products for sale were and I found a digital scale for my kitchen that I liked so I bought it. It arrived quickly and it turned out to be great.

          I’m wondering how something like this is set up on a site.

          Please share what you plan to do with your blog. I’d love to know. And if you have future plans to develop it. And, you mentioned you‘re writing books?  

          Sorry for taking the thread on a different path.
          Cynthia



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          Coachmombabe wrote Oct 21, 2008
        • Okay, I’m a member of this group and in the Mastermind group. I saw how this was one of the topics to be covered, and frankly, I’m not sure I even understand it. At the risk of sounding stupid, does someone mind explaining it or should I tuck my tail between my legs and run? Thanks in advance for not making me do that! ;o)



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