DesignSmarts: The Real Scoop on Site Design and Effective Affiliate Links

Written by Josh Tesolin

What exactly is this affiliate program stuff? Companies/organizations need surfers to visit their sites. One way they can drive traffic to their site is to create an affiliate program.

As an affiliate, you promote advertisers' Web sites on your site, and when you bring customers to them, you get paid. There is many ways an affiliate program can be run. In general, some affiliate programs pay each time a visitor clicks a link from your Web site to theirs, some affiliate programs pay only when a sale is made. Amazon is one example of an Affiliate program. Sell a book for them from your site and you make a commission.

Sounds great right? Yes, it is a pretty sweet concept. However, you must very strategic in how you use them. I have wondered across a great number of sites that have:

A) Great design - Clean cut, easy to look at. B) Interesting main focus - Something that would intrigue me & make me want to read on. C) Something useful to offer - A product or service that can really benefit me. D) Affiliate links littered all overrepparttar place - It's kind of like your waiter bringing you your favorite dish with ten pounds of wet garbage slopped on top.

End Result: I, like many other visitors, leave your site. Yourepparttar 102632 site owner, are sabotaging your site and sending traffic away!

Josh's 2 Step, No Fail, Sure-fire way of making affiliate links work for you:

1. If you want an affiliate link to be effective you must place ones with relevant information in your site. For example if you have a miracle juice link on your Internet business opportunity site, it just won't make sense. Besides,repparttar 102633 link will get very little traffic because people find your site looking for that's right, Internet business opportunities. Not only will irrelevant links sit there like "duds", they also take away fromrepparttar 102634 great information your have on your site asrepparttar 102635 main focus.

Salvaging the FFAL...

Written by Dale Sexton

Are FFAL pages really dead? I say no. Let me tell you a short story. I put a site analysis tool on my FFAL page to see what it was doing. I didn't expect to see much but was surprised to find out that I was receiving hits on my page that have nothing to do with my website.

Find free site analysis tools at: racking/?reg

I've read a couple of articles about how FFAL pages are hurting search engine ranking on websites. I'm not convinced. Find an FFAL page that is well traffic ed. Look at mine if you don't know of one.

Pick a link and copyrepparttar title. I picked: FreeLotteriesOnline -repparttar 102631 guide to free online lotteries

Now do a search on Google for that title. Not all ofrepparttar 102632 titles will show up. You might have to look through several. What your looking for are websites that end in link.htm, but your going to find classified ad sites also. Look onrepparttar 102633 first three pages ofrepparttar 102634 search engine. Link pages do get indexed.

If your not sure of a search engine, use a robot.txt page to keep specific search engines out.

I'm picking up hits on embroidery, travel, casino, dating... you name it. I started looking atrepparttar 102635 referrers to see whatrepparttar 102636 search engines were seeing, and I found out something. My FFAL page is being indexed at least once a week. Because of that, whatever happens to be onrepparttar 102637 page atrepparttar 102638 time is what is being indexed.

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