Smoke and MirrorsWritten by Bob Osgoodby
With increasing number of new people joining Internet every day, scamsters have an ongoing supply of new potential suckers. At first blush, Internet Newbies are overwhelmed by technology, and don't do a whole lot. Many are retired, and simply want to keep in touch by email with family and friends. Others are living on a fixed income, and are looking for a second source of income.
Eventually, finding their comfort level they sally forth, and are found by those wishing to separate them from their hard earned money. Suddenly, their email increases with offers for everything imaginable under sun. Getting all this information in their mail boxes, seems to trigger a synapse, and many view web as their road to riches.
Where else could they work in their PJs when mood strikes and supplement their income? In their travels about web, they find what they think is a great affiliate program, and plopping down a few bucks, start their journey into world of online entrepreneur.
Three or four months go by, and they haven't done anything except fill coffers of affiliate program originators. Wondering how those experts can claim five figure monthly incomes from their Internet businesses, while they aren't earning squat, they cast about looking for something else.
What they don't realize is that they can't sit around eating "bon-bons" all day, expecting world to beat a path to their door. As with all businesses, online or off, it takes more than a casual approach to truly make a business work.
Many beginning opportunity seekers are misled by hoopla and marketing pitches. If anyone is trying to start a business on Internet, they must approach it as a real business.
The number one priority is to get your own web site, and you should avoid free ones offered by your ISP. The price of web space today is extremely affordable, and you can get a full blown site, including registration of your own domain name for $4 and change a month.
"Refresh" Your Chances Of Collecting That ClickBank Commission ...Written by Mike Merz
ClickBank has long been considered a simple, cost effective way to promote digital products Online.
Would be merchants are charged a one time, relatively small start up fee, which will enable them to use ClickBank' secure payment processing services to accept Online payment (fee per transaction). What makes ClickBank even more popular is their affiliate network, which allows merchants to promote their wares by establishing an affiliate program, listed free in ClickBank MarketPlace. The merchant sets commission rate, and has ability to build an affiliate "army" to help promote their digital product/service. From that point on, ClickBank takes care of everything. Payment processing, affiliate commission payment, stats, etc.
But there is one major, easily seen downside to affiliate promotions. ClickBank uses what is known as "hoplinks" as affiliate commission tracking method.
Here is an example: < http://hop.clickbank.net/?xxxxx.im4newbies >
The section of affiliate "hoplink" containing x's is replaced by affiliate's ID. The text that follows (after period ...) is merchant ID.
The problem occurs when promoting this URL, as is.
Anyone with a ClickBank affiliate ID has ability to replace advertiser's ID with their own, even if they are making purchase themselves, and take commission.
The advertiser, that went through pains of promoting URL in first place, gets nothing.