Tips For A Successful Online Information Product Launch

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craft launch sequence Product launches are not new to the online industry, however they are currently one of the most popular form of promoting products by top affiliate marketers.

The framework of a product launch is prepping many affiliates who will help you mail out information during a week timespan. During this week you will unveil 3 new pieces of informative videos that provide valuable information and helpful tips while pre-selling your product. At the end of the week sequence, usually on a tuesday or thursday you will unveil a sales video with the price point and purchase instructions.

Successful product launches can generate thousands of sales and millions of dollars the first day.

The 4 main parts of a successful product launch are your audience, the offer, launch procedure and your authority.
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BOTW $10,000.00 Cash Giveaway and Affiliate Program

Affiliate Marketing, Coupon 6 Comments »

BOTW is great. I had an existing affiliate account with them that paid me 25% per signup, and then I read that Shoemoney readers could get 30% by using the BOTW coupon code shoemoney30. I logged into my account, entered the code and voila, my payouts increased to 30% instantly!

botw reseller page 30% commission

Most affiliate programs do not let you add coupons after you signup, so this is a huge compliment for the directory guys for the BOTW coupons.

They also have generous and frequent payouts. Here is a caption from an email they sent me:

PAYMENT INFORMATION

We will credit your Paypal account within 15 days of the end of every
calendar month that your earnings amount to $50 or more. Please sign
into your BOTW account to specify check information if you would like to
be paid via Check.

Also to Shoemoney and others who create links using a metarefresh, there is a much simpler way to do this using your .htaccess file.

in the .htaccess file create this line:
Redirect 301 /m/botw http://www.botw.com

Then you can have a link like this: http://www.netpaths.net/botw and you will never loose your affiliate commissions if they are using a feed reader or someone syndicates your content. Also, if the company was ever to change their affiliate link code, or changed programs (such as from Commission Junction to LinkShare) you could simply update your .htaccess file and all the existing links would still work.

Even better is the $10,000.00 cash giveaway Best of the Web is giving out to all users. Just start submitting links to the BOTW directory and you have a chance at winning 10 grand. This is before taxes of course, and it is only valid for US residents.
best of the web giveaway

You had better get on the BOTW bandwagon like these guys before it’s too late to get your greasy cabbage collectors on the 10K.

Evergreen Business System Review: Automated Webinar Software

Affiliate Marketing, Search Engine Marketing 5 Comments »

This web based software program will allow you to reply a previously recorded webinar without having to create a new one, and maintain all the best parts of a live event. You can reuse old webinars as often as you like, and still maintain the uniqueness and time sensitive benefits of producing a webinar.

We have had many reviews of the Evergreen Business System and so far it is performing very well.
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10% Affiliate Summit East Discount Code 2011

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affiliate summit Hang out with super affiliates making 1 million dollars per month with 10% discount code ASE11CAYLEY10 and get a bonus from us – a change to win a free pass!

This is your chance to attend the #1 event for people who make money online and get a huge discount off the conference price. We have 3 free passes to the conference, and all you need to do is add your comment to this post for a chance to win.

Affiliate Summit is just around the corner, and we have discount codes for the 2011 event in New York, New York.

Get full access passes for 10% off with our special codes and receive a chance to meet and network with the top affiliate marketers in the world.

We are huge proponents of the ASE conference and believe it to be more valuable to you than other SEO or internet marketing conferences.

Affiliate Summit East 10% discount special link: click to use ASE11CAYLEY10
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Affiliate Summit East Coupon Code 10% off Conference Registration

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affiliate summit logo Affiliate Summit is the place you want to be and is the conference that will take your online business to the next level. The next event is in New York city, Aug 15-17, 2010 at the Hilton New York, and they are expecting over 3000 attendees.

Platinum Affiliate Summit conference passes cost $1,249 each but you can get them for $1124 with this discount code.

Here is the Affiliate Summit discount code and special registration link

Affiliate Summit coupons: ASE11CAYLEY10 or ASE11CAYLEY10

This ASE promotional code is good for 10% off silver, gold, platinum or diamond passes

There is a special group rate discount of 20% for 5-9 passes and 25% off of 10 or more passes. Pool your resources in the comments and join as a group to get an even cheaper Affiliate Summit ticket.

If you used this 10% discount coupon code and the 25% group rate discount, you would only pay $615 for a Platinum Pass. That is a great deal.

The Affiliate Summit organizers have negotiated $229/night deal at the Ney York Hilton. You can save even more with the $189/night non-refundable rate plus taxes.

What’s new with ASE2011

Affiliate attendees are now able to vote on sessions, not just the Affiliate Summit advisory panel. ASE2010 will let you review all 32 sessions and “Ask the Experts” tables.
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Microsoft AdCenter Affiliate Program To Be Reopened?

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I have been promoting the Microsoft adCenter affiliate program since its inception, and made some great commissions off of it. After $900 in earnings promoting the Microsoft adcenter PPC program, the affiliate managers began changing service options, restricting usage, playing coy with their loyal affiliates, cancelling the program twice, and finally terminating all payouts in October 2008.

I received a final email from microsoftaffiliates.net announcing the end of all payouts. However it leaves open the possibility of a new adcenter affiliate program in the near future.

Lets hope Microsoft returns to its senses and creates an incentive program for their contextual advertising property. Maybe MSN will launch it on microsoftaffiliates.com – what a novelty to use a .com

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MSAN News
September 11, 2008 v1.11

Windows Live OneCare To Be Set at $2.00 Payout
As previously announced, the payout for every US or CA based free trial of Windows Live OneCare will be lowered to $2.00 as of September 15, 2008 in order to extend the lifetime of the campaign. However, there will be additional promotions to come that will give you the opportunity to earn more, so stay tuned!

Window Live Toolbar Extends $2.50 Payout!
We are pleased to announce that the WIndows Live Toolbar $2.50 payout will extend through September for every unique, US-based installation. Be sure to log into the Affiliate Account Center to access all new banner ads and text links that will drive your customers to the enhanced landing page!

Update your promotions now to increase your conversions and take advantage of the limited-time payout opportunity of $2.50 through the end of September. After September, the payout will be set at $1.50.

adCenter Partner Program To Wrap Up In October
As you know, the adCenter Partner program stopped taking new sign ups on June 30, 2008, but has continued to pay on any of those sign ups that met the minimum spend requirement. October payouts will include the last earnings from the Partner program and then that program will be officially closed. Be on the lookout in October for your final payment. Thanks again for your participation in this initiative and we will be in touch as soon as we hear any details about a new version of the program.

Let Us Know Your Thoughts
We would love to hear your thoughts on our current programs, Windows Live OneCare and Windows Live Toolbar. What is working? What is not working? What would be helpful for you to be succesful? This input from you is vital for us to continue to optimize these programs to ensure they are where you need them to be. Please send your comments, questions and feedback to affiliates@microsoftaffiliates.net.

General Updates

* Commission: August commissions will be delayed this month. We are working to process and send out checks as quickly as possible. We will have an update for you next week.

Melissa Wit
Affiliate Manager
Microsoft Affiliate Network

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Voice: 727.324.0185
Fax: 313.447.2398
affiliates@microsoftaffiliates.net

Pepperjam Network Affiliate Program Incentive

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pepperjam logo Pepperjam Network is a new affiliate network that has won over the affiliate marketing world. They have taken the best features of Commission Junction, Linkshare, Connect Commerce and created a great affiliate platform with personalized service and true customer support.

To inspire new users and existing publishers, Pepperjam is offering bloggers $10 for every post about Pepperjam Network news or tools. Bloggers also receive an additional $7 for every new affiliate you refer to the program. Your new affiliates receive $10 as a sign-on bonus.

So start writing about pepperjam to increase your blog income and give new Pepperjam affiliates a $10 signup credit. This is equivalent to a $10 copuon just for signing up to this affiliate network.

I have used Pepperjam for nearly 6 months and have found many exclusive affiliate offers including SEOmoz & ebay. They provide the only 3rd party Ebay affiliate program, so if you dispute the tracking system on the Ebay partner network ebaypartnernetwork.com, try Pepper Jam instead.

If that’s not enough incentive to post about Pepperjam consider the 2008 Inc. 500 list was officially released today announcing that Pepperjam ranks as one of the top 100 fastest growing privately-held companies in the United States of America.

Pepperjam’s 2008 Inc. 500 ranking is #70 with three-year revenue growth of 2,447.5%. Pepperjam must have an extremely satisfied clientele that is driving it’s growth.

Affiliate Networks Reviewed

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affiliate marketing There are several ways to make money online, and some of my favorite are affiliates and CPA. Affiliate networks are regular sites that have signed up to give an advertiser a specified percentage on all completed sales. A webmaster places a targeted link with affiliate tracking code on their site, and if a user clicks through to the publisher’s website and makes a purchase, the affiliate receives a portion of the sale, generally between 5% – 10%. To learn more about how to make money online try going to industry conferences and local events. We have a discount code for Affiliate Summit which is the largest affiliate marketing conference in the world.

Affiliate networks

  • Commission Junction – the largest affiliate network, with most recognized brands. CJ grows by 3-10 new affiliate publishers per day. Good reporting and a fairly easy to use layout. Reasonable response from customer service. Offers brands on five different national markets, including Sweden, Germany, France, United States and United Kingdom.
  • Shareasale – has the best reputation among affiliate managers and super affiliates. SAS is the most affiliate friendly program available, and while it does not have a lot of big name companies they are a quality company.
  • Pepperjam Network – PepperJam is a new affiliate network run by a gregarious search marketer, and I have high hopes for this affiliate program. Many of the sop search engine optimization consulting forms and conferences including Search Engine Strategies and SMX have signed up with PJ. This is a very positive indicator of a trustworthy program.
  • LinkConnector – technologies, provided by LinkConnector, are the Naked Link Technology and Affiliate Connections. The Naked Link Technology allows you, as an affiliate, to link directly to the merchant’s site without using a third party URL. This gives your site more of an editorial feel and mayincrease your earnings. Affiliate Connections helps to find optimal promotions and maximize EPX. If you choose various promotions to put on your site this technology will know which one that’s the most profitable at the moment and optimize its display.
  • LinkShare – this affiliate program was a dying dog before being purchased by the Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten. They have a new admin interface and better management tools. Second only to Commission Junction for big brand representation – most mall department stores are represented in Link Share.
  • Performics – lots of large companies, decent interface but substandard support. Performics and Connect Commerce seem to not want you to know they have real people running their website.
  • ClickBank – good solution for digital downloads, ebooks, subscriptions, writing and one off items. Huge downsides to Click Bank are they require 5 unique purchases before they will send you a commission check
  • Share Results – smaller affiliate network with less recognized brands. There is very little data on shareresults.
  • LinkTrust – another small affiliate publisher network, unsure if it is worth signing up for.
  • DirectTrack – Old school affiliate program that serves niche markets. Good affiliate system if you like the specific publishers
  • Kolimbo – notable for the myaffiliateprogram.com system which lets you run your affiliate program from your own domain name. Affiliates never leave your site. The downside is it is harder to attract super affiliates who may be running hundreds of offers concurrently.

CPA networks

  • Azoogle – long standing cost per action affiliate network with a reasonable selection of affiliate publishers and good affiliate support. I have always been able to reach Azoogle Ads via phone if necessary.
  • Incentaclick – Recently renamed to CX Digital, this cpa affiliate network
  • ClickBooth.com

These are good at their intended purpose and are optimized for sending traffic to landing pages. CPA leads can convert well if the traffic exactly matches the offer and landing page setup. These users are not looking to browse, they are looking to buy.

Shopping Ads World of Suck

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I have been running AuctionAds / Shopping Ads since their inception and have yet to see any real activity. I have actually forgot about the ads I placed on my sites, and checked the ShoppingAds site for a recent report.

Total earned $.36 for 52 clicks on 4273 impressions. This works out to less than 9 cents per thousand impressions. The average CPM for display ads is $10. I don’t think I’ll be using Shoppingads.com on any future sites.

shopping ads reports
Shopping Ads report screenshot

Shopping Ads reps, please contact me if you have suggestions on how i can improve clicks and sales.

Microsoft Live Cashback Search Incentive

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microsoft cashback Microsoft Live Search has launched an initiative called Cashback which offers a discount for products purchsed on MSN search. This incentive is similar to an affiliate program where the publisher (MSN) receives a cash bounty for purchases made from participating advertisers. Microsoft only gets paid if a user buys a product, compared to normal Pay Per Click advertising (which provides 98% of Google’s revenue) which generates revenue for every ad click.
The interesting part of the Live Cashback promotion is that Microsoft gives 100% of the discount back to the consumer. So if you purchase a digital camera on MSN Cashback

Microsoft needs to do something drastic to get back into the search advertising game. They’re third in U.S. search market share with under 9.1% of the online search market. Six months ago Microsoft Live Search had 9.8% market share. Google, by contrast, has 61.6% and is growing steadily:

Search marketshare 2008

ecommerce search stats Statistics from eMarketer shows over 50% of web users in the US begin online shopping using a search engine. 14% of online shoppers begin a product hunt using a comparison shopping search engine. 15% of shoppers navigate directly to their e-commerce site of choice (amazon.com, buy.com, ebay.com etc.)

Listen to Danny Sullivan, Mike Arrington and Hugh MacLeod debate Microsoft’s new Cashback strategy. Podcast Recorded Thursday, May 22, 2008. download the GillmorGang mp3 podcast.