Make Money with Affiliate ProgramsWritten by Ratliff J
This information may be helpful for everyone, regardless of how long you have been in affiliate business, or even if you are just getting started.
First, a good affiliate program can be hard to come by. It needs to offer decent commissions, accurately track sales, and most importantly, pay their affiliates in a timely manner.
Many webmasters and internet gurus are doing very well with only a handful of affiliate programs. Once you find a good one, you kind of seem to get stuck on it until you are positive you are making every penny possible.
Before spending a lot of time and money marketing an affiliate program, always check it out first. There are a number of ways to do this.
11 Ways To Increase Forums ActivitesWritten by Pinyo Bhulipongsanon
Getting people to post in your forum is probably hardest thing to do. First, not all of your readers will post messages. In fact, only a small percentage will post regularly, and most will never post at all. Second, nobody want to be first person to post a message. In fact, topic starters (people that start new topic of discussion) will be a small percentage of your posters; rest will simply reply to topics that have been started.
In order to get forum to a point where it is self-sustaining, you will have to do a lot of work. Here are some tips that you can use to get your forum rolling:
If nobody will start a post, start it yourself Register yourself as several members (you with multiple identities) and talk to yourself. (Note that this will not work in forum with logged IP). This will create enough "seed" posts to get people to read and perhaps add replies of their own.
Find topics that interest people If you get a mental block and cannot find anything interesting to talk to yourself about, then go to other web sites and see what people in those communities are talking about in their forums. You can also look at usenet newsgroups. Digest these ideas and regurgitate them using your various identities.
Advertise your forums relentlessly Make sure your forum is accessible from every page of your site, particularly index page. Make link highly visible, or outright talk about it on home page. Add a link to your web site and forum as part of your email, usenet and forum signature. Frequent other forums and mention your site and forum from time to time (be careful to comply to their rules and not to spam).
Use your forums to support your web site You can ask your visitors "What do you think about this article?" (or tool, tutorial, etc.) and ask them to post their comments in forums. Additionally, use it as part of your customer support program. For instance, I use our web site forums to support our free PHP scripts.
Use your forums to annouce new changes to your site This is a great way to make announcement because people can write their thoughts about new feature (or article) you've just added.
Find allies There are many webmasters that have exact same delimas as yours. Look for sites with empty or low traffic forums and email these webmasters. Offers to join their forums and post a few messages, then ask them if they can return you same favor. If they want to know why you are bothering them, ask them to read this article.