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We are asked all the time, what we use to promote our website and what companies we are affiliated with. So..... we decided to make this page to help other new website owners gather information that might be useful to them. Below is a list of some of the things that we use to help our website be successful. Keep in mind that the companies we have chosen to be affiliated with relate to the content of our website and may or may not be programs that would benefit your own websites content. Reading and research is always the best in finding out. Right! Smileeeeeeeee!
We have played with several web hosts and you can find an unlimited number of them on the Internet. My favorite is Homestead and that's the one that I use for the website that your on right now. Homestead is exceptional for beginners! Which is actually why we choose to use them exclusively.
First of all I love Earthlink as our Internet Connection and I used them for several years and would never of used anyone else if it hadn't of been for the fact that we moved and we couldn't get service in the area we moved to. We now use Verizon wireless.
Humor Traffic Exchange
It's practically impossible to find humor traffic exchanges and even that much harder to find FREE ones. But for us we lucked up on finding this one called "Fun Page Exchange." This site is for Humor websites or for websites like ours that have fun or humorous pages that can be exchanged. Right now they let you list up to 200 different web pages to exchange. Its FREE and very easy to use! It has brought in a lot of extra traffic that we normally would not of had. Heres a few of the fun and game pages that we have listed with them. WordLab Game, Hangaroo Game, The Fisher Game Pearl Diver Game, Surfs Up Game, Color Test, Ask Guru Joe, ClickNSlide,
Commission Junction & LinkShare are leaders in performance based online marketing. What they actually do is house a whole list of members that you can be affiliated with. Once you apply to a company, and are accepted...you are then able to place their links on your website and you make a commission on any sales that lead to their site from your site. Smileeeeeeeeee
Now their are several programs on the Internet just like these, that we are also members of......but we have choose to only tell you the top performing one's that we use and recommend ok. Let me tell you, these listed here are our top picks and the one's that we feel are the best! They are very professional and don't put up with any crap.
Commission Junction Information --The first time I applied to Commission Junction I didn't read the fine print which said you had to get a certain number of clicks on the ads in order to stay as a member. Well.....at the time I had just started building my website and it actually was not listed on the search engines yet. So naturally no one was looking at the pages so therefore knowone could click on them. So......to my surprise I was dropped from the program! Ouch! But, 3 months later when I knew I could get clicks on the banners I re-applied again and was accepted again. This is a top notch company and if you thinking about placeing banner ads on your website then you really need to check them out and see if their program would work for you. We love them!
To give you an idea of the companies that we joined that are linked to Commission Junction, we have listed some below. Keep in mind that these companies are the one's that we feel were related to the content of our own website. You would most likely pick other companies that relate to the content of your own sites content as well.
Amazon is one of our TOP PERFORMING affiliate program at this time. Starting in 1996, Amazon Associates program was the first online affiliate program of its kind. Today, it is the largest and most successful online affiliate program, with over 900,000 members joining world wide. If you are a Web site owner, Amazon seller, or Web Developer, you can start earning money and earn up to 10% in referral fees. One reason why Amazon is so successful is because they sale new and used products which is one of the things that make it different from anyone else, therefore it fits the budget of everyone. When you meet the requirements of all of your readers then you have succeeded and you become very popular. Amazon has done just that and have gained a hugeeeee following. This is why we applied with them.
If you would like to see how we use their links just look on our CookBooks , Ocean Magazines, Ocean Sounds, page. Most all of the product links on these pages belong to Amazons program. Another reason why we choose Amazon was because of the large directory of products that you could advertise through them. We are very happy with this program and plan on staying with this company.
Amazon also has Estores that are available. Here are a few of ours.
Allposters.com is the best poster art site that I've ever seen and that's the truth. You get a % of each item sold from your site and you also .... Recruit Websites to the Affiliates Program and earn up to $8.00 and 5% of every sale they make for LIFE. To qualify, the Websites you recruit must reference your Account Number or Website ID when they fill out our Affiliates Program application. The down side of that is, not a lot of people will go to the trouble of actually typing in someone's referral ID #, especially when its around 8 or 9 numbers long.
The good part is........ if you use the recruit links that they give you (like the one pictured above and the text link below) you don't have to worry about any of that. The link will automatically credit you with the referral.
Allposters was one of the first affiliate sites that we joined. We didn't actually join it for commission of sales nor did we join it to try and get referrals like the program is set up. We actually joined it because we were in need of really great picture content to go in our website and allposters fit the bill. In doing that, we killed two birds with one stone. We used their content to tie into our site where we needed it to accent our pages plus we were advertising to sale the very picture we had showing.