Merry Christmas - Ebook-Site News, Issue #010
December 18, 2005
Welcome to the final issue of ebook-site news for 2005.
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- Site Update
- Note for Webmasters
- Final Note
This is the last issue of the year and possibly the shortest. One apology that I would like to make, especially for those of you who sell ebooks, is that I have not yet had the opportunity to replace the adobe images with actual ebook cover images. With no proper FTP, it can be a very cumbersome and time consuming process to upload files to an SBI website. I will be looking at this some time next year.
For now, I would like to thank you for remaining a subscriber to this ezine. I also wish to give a special thanks to those of you who have been subscribed since day 1 and for those of you who have given me some excellent feedback and constructive criticism throughout the year.
This month’s selection of ebooks and reports, 77 Questions and Answers to Ezine Success, The Adsense Report (with master resell rights), 2006 Quickstart Guide to Google Adsense profits and Amazing Traffic Formula have now been uploaded to the members’ area. The password is frosty.
Note for new subscribers: Passwords are case sensitive and will be changed monthly or immediately before a newsletter mailing. This is to ensure that only valid subscribers have access to this area. You can also download more than 117 high quality products for free at http://www.117christmasgifts.com/index.php?id=231
So what is an affiliate anyway?
Many people are discovering the power of affiliate marketing, and using that power to supplement or even replace their nine to five income. Many more people would like to jump into this exciting world but are unsure exactly what an affiliate campaign consists of.
When talking about affiliate programs, it helps to compare them to what happens in the traditional world of brick and mortar companies. In that familiar world, many large manufacturing companies and large product sellers use a network of salespeople and distributors to bring their products to all corners of the world.
For instance, a beverage manufacturer, instead of selling directly to their customers, sells their products through a series of distributors and salespeople. In turn, the members of this distribution and sales network enjoy a very good living by promoting the products made by others.
In essence, the affiliate programs found on the internet are distribution and sales efforts taken to the online world. The individual web sites take the place of the distributor and sales network, and these individuals are paid by the seller of the product when a sale is made.
It is easy to see why this arrangement is so popular, from the point of view of both the merchant and the owner of the web site. The merchant benefits from increased sales. At the same time, he or she does not have to pay for additional advertising, and the affiliate is only paid when a sale is made.
The web site owner benefits as well, since every sale he or she refers to the merchant means money in his or her pocket. The web site is up and running anyway, the visitors are already there. The only thing that has been added is the affiliate link, and that costs nothing to set up and is very easy to do.
One word about the affiliate link. The affiliate link is what makes this magic happen. It is how the merchant knows where their customers are coming from.
When a customer visits the web site owner’s site, he or she will see an affiliate link to the merchant’s site. When the visitor clicks this link, the click through is logged by the merchant, and when a sale is made that is logged as well. The owner of the referring web site is then entitled to a percentage of the sale.
In most cases, this percentage will be at least 20%, but in some cases it can be as much as 50% or even more of each sale. With these kinds of percentages, it is easy to see why this type of marketing is such a great way to make money online.
Affiliate programs are very popular, and one reason is that unlike other types of internet businesses there is no need to stock products, buy products or even have products.
That is because instead of
selling your own product, you are acting as a
salesperson or a distributor for the products of
others. This can make a huge difference to your
profit margins and your bottom line. So if
you’re not already familiar with the concept of
affiliate marketing, why not check it out?
Note for Webmasters
If you are participating in the 117ChristmasGifts, I wish you every success. The reason for the launch date change from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th is because of the following projections.
A Thursday launch was projected to produce a 23.1% opening rate and 3.7% CTR, whereas a launch on Sunday projected a 30.8% opening rate and 7.2% CTR.”
If you have decided not to participate but would like to download the many free gifts offered, you can sign up at http://www.117christmasgifts.com/index.php?id=231
Thank you once again, for remaining a loyal subscriber to this ezine.
Here is a little gift for you
Have a great Christmas
Until next year