Make Money with Affiliate ProgramsWritten by Ratliff J
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1. Search through hundreds of affiliate directories online and look for comments about it.
2. Ask them how many affiliate they have, and what top earners are making, as well as average affiliate.
3. Give program a trial run - just enough to make a few sales that will allow you to recieve a payment from them. This will ensure they pay as offered.
4. Keep records.
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J. Ratliff is an affiliate marketer and author of the websites Affiliate Directory and Make Money Online.
11 Ways To Increase Forums ActivitesWritten by Pinyo Bhulipongsanon
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Barter Even if they don't have a forum, offer to write about their web site or add a link to their site in exchange for some posts.
Recruit moderators As your member population grows, find a few good posters (the ones that post high-quality messages and replies) and ask them if they want to help you moderate forum. Give them more rights than other users so that they can edit and/or delete other people posts at their descretion. They will help you keep forum in order, make sure all rules are followed and help you answers questions. Many people are happy to take on this challenge.
Do email follow up with your members Send email to members that registered, but have not returned in a long time. Tell them what has change since their last visit and why it may be worthwhile for them to return to your site. Try to do this about once every quarter, but do not do this more than once a month. Be sure to respect their rights by including appropriate unsubscribe information and take their name off mailing list at their request.
Offer incentives Some forums like this one offers incentives for forum members to make posts. For instance, I offer free text-link advertisement in exchange for posts.
Hire a Professional This would be my last option, but it may work for you. There are professional message posters out there that will participate in your forums by starting threads and posting replies. This is a good solution if you are really stuck and need someone else to help you get forums going.
Some other things to keep in mind is that you should start your forums small with perhaps 3-4 categories, then slowly expand and create more categories. This way, forums does not look so empty. Additionally, some forums software has polling features. Use these to your advantage. Controversial polls and topics can create flurries of activity.
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