Thursday, October 30, 2008

Make money with AdToll

AdToll is an Ad Management service providing the necessary tools for Publishers to effectively sell ads on their site. Taking only a 75% commission, AdToll gives more back to the Publisher than any similar service out there. Advertisers can purchase ads directly on Publisher sites or can purchase Run of Network ads which appear across the entire network, which can also be targeted. AdToll supports Publishers by offering text ads and banner ads in a plethora of different sizes. In addition, AdToll is known for its ability to, unlike other ad management services, to seamlessly blend advertisements with content to generate more revenue. AdToll is committed to providing the best service and is continually improving their service with new features and enhancements.

AdToll is a relatively new organization related to Ad management. It is owned and operated by Purplex Pty Ltd. As stated in their website, AdToll provides the link between publishers who want to sell ads on their web sites and advertisers who want to buy ads. Adtoll is no scam. Numerous websites are doing business with Adtoll.

Adtoll offers the choice of fixed price Sponsored ads or cost-per-click based Run of Network (RON) ads to advertisers (merchants). A Sponsored Ad is a fixed price ad shown on a particular site over a period of time. The price is determined by the affiliate (publisher).

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As a publisher, you get 75% commission on all ads sold on their site. As mentioned above, publishers can determine the price of the ads and control what ads are displayed on their website.

You have 24 hours to deny the booking of an ad if you feel it does not fall within your guidelines otherwise the Ad will be automatically approved and cannot be denied after such time. You can also use the Autopricing feature which can determine the price of your Ad Group thereby keeping your prices up to date with performance and demand. There is no 'minimum site visitor' requirement. More popular your website is - more is your earning potential.

Publishers can also insert their own ads, for instance Google Adsense, into their Ad Group rotations in place of Run of Network ads. Commission payments are paid via cheque, PayPal, wire/bank transfer or to your Account Credit if you are also an advertiser. Cheques require a minimum of $40 in earnings, PayPal require a minimum of $20 in earnings, Wire Transfers require a minimum of $1,000 in earnings and payments to your AdToll Account Credit have no minimum.

What is differentof AdToll and other companies

This revolutionary new network is sure to change the way that publishers and advertisers come together to do business. Publishers working for Adtoll will make much more than any other network on the internet because AdToll believes that publishers should have the money they have rightfully made. Therefore, AdToll only takes 25% of the income that websites generate whereas other networks take, on average, more than 50% of website’s generated income. Not only that, but AdToll provides one-on-one assistance to help publishers generate the most income such as advising in strategic places that ads should be placed.

The owner and lead developer of AdToll describes the innovative new service as, “A new advertising network bringing together publishers and advertisers providing effective, profitable and reliable service.”

AdToll supports users by offering text ads and banner ads in a plethora of different sizes. In addition, AdToll is known for its ability to, unlike other ad management services, to seamlessly blend advertisements with content to generate more revenue. AdToll also differs from others because it has the ability to reach the target market, which increases returns for both the publisher and the advertiser, and to provide detailed statistics, which helps publishers make determination on what type of ads to have.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Basic knowledge in google adsense

1. Identify your website content before make money online by google adsense.

We apologize for any inconviences this has caused, and we are working on ways to make our tools functional again

Trying to find good keyword phrases to target is a continual process if you are to succeed with your online marketing, if you don’t do any keyword research at all, then I’m affraid that you will struggle online.

If you’re trying to optimize a page for a popular keyword that has alot of competition, take a close look at the related keyword phrases.

For instance, let’s say you wanted to target the keyword “marketing”, that was searched for over 240,000 times on Overture alone in a month, there are 587,000,000 websites on Google competeing for that keyword, the keyword marketing is FAR too general and obviously has too much competition, sure if you got ranked #1 (would be very hard to do!) you’ll get a flood of traffic, but it wouldn’t be very targeted traffic.

Be more specific, target keyword PHRASES.

Let’s try “internet marketing” which was searched for 80,000 times on Overture in one month and has 62,800,000 sites on Google competing for the same phrase, that’s far better, not brilliant, but at least you’re more targeted now, but we need to drill down a little further to give us a fighting chance of getting good rankings on the search engines.

Now, under the keywords “internet marketing” over at Overture, searchers also used the following phrases:-

79764 internet marketing
6087 internet marketing online
4635 internet marketing strategy
2733 strategic internet marketing
2603 internet marketing consultant
2384 internet marketing consulting
2378 internet marketing service
2355 internet marketing tool
1929 internet marketing company
1855 internet web site marketing
1631 internet marketing san diego

There are many more phrases but I’m sure you get my point.

2. Use Google AdWords Sandbox
Use the Keyword Tool to get new keyword ideas

3. All your pages should focus on the topic defined in step 1.

4. Daily update your site ==> you will get more traffic and ads will be targeted.

5. Chose ads format:


6. Ads color: chose appropriate color. Find more in my post:

7. Place more ads but not too much.
Three banner, 2 search and one link unit. It is enough. With search, you should chose open new windows ==> you will not lose visitors.

8. Using adsense channel: Easy to track which page, keyword, position of ads is better.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Google Penalty

What is Google Penalty?

A penalty is generally a punishment, especially in football(soccer). Google Penalty has the same meaning. You got Google Penalty (punishment) when you violate their rules. For example: One day, you discover that your page rank = 0 or your search engine index is disappeared, you know that you was banned by google search engine.

How to know that you was penalized?
To check for Google penalties with any degree of certainty can be difficult.

1. For example, if your website experiences a sudden reduction in ranking for its main keyword terms it can be caused solely by a Google algorithm change or search results (SERP) update.
Yesterday, you got 1000 unique page view, but today you got only 10.

2. If your web site suffers sudden and dramatic fall in ranking and no Google algorithm changes have been made, then a Google penalty may be the cause, especially if you have been embarking on activities which might have contravened Google's Webmaster Guidelines. The most severe Google penalties lead to total website de-indexing and where the SEO misdemeanour is serious a site ban may be imposed by Google, accompanied by a Page Rank reduction to 0 and a greyed out Google Toolbar Page Rank indication.

3. Crawl rate drop. For example: Before: 5 minute. After: half a day

Test for a Penalty

This can be accomplished by using the -asdfasdf command within a Google search window. If no URL's are indexed and no backlinks show up when the is entered then there is a high probability of a Google penalty, especially if your site used to be indexed and used to show backlinks

How to solve problem
If you suspect your website has received a Google penalty, you can contact Google by sending an e-mail to to ask for help. They will usually check the spam report queue and offer some form of assistance.

Interestingly, in a recent move by Google, web sites which are in clear violation of Google's webmaster guidelines or terms of service may receive an e-mail from Google advising them to clean up their act, warning of a penalty and website de-indexing. When the breach of Google's terms (e.g. spam or hidden text) is removed from the offending site, Google will usually automatically clear the penalty and re-index the site when the webmaster completes a Google re-inclusion request.

Main cause which make your site banned

Linking to banned sites
+ Run a test on all outbound links from your site to see if you are linking to any sites which have themselves been Google banned. These will be sites which are Google de-listed and show Page Rank 0 with a greyed out Toolbar Page Rank indicator.
+ Find all outbound links to other sites and check if those sites contains inappropriate information like sex, pirate software...
+ Those sites contains more than 100 links. Because google thinks those site is link farm. So you have to be carefull when submit to directory
+ Those site used redirect. Many people said that it can. But others said "NO". So it is better not link to those sites.

Linking to bad neighbourhoods

A Bad Neighbourhood is a term used for websites associated with unethical websites. This can be from websites that use BlackHat techniques or websites such as pornography, gambling or illegal activities.
Websites in a Bad Neighbourhood will frequently be penalised by Google.
Being in a Bad Neighbourhood may imply your linking to unethical websites, your site is hosted on the same servers as unethical websites, or your site formally hosted unethical content.

what happens when we link to bad neighbourhood, Popular and verified predications

1. Googlebot will stop visiting your site or they come once in a while,

2. Your number of pages will drop from the google index from time to time and finally your whole site will be removed,

3. Your site will be totally removed from the index automatically when google detects you do excessivive linking to bad neighbourhood for the purpose of increasing link popularity or PageRank,

4. I have seen one type one penalty in google for linking to bad or doubtful neighbourboods or spam site,
What they do they stop regular visits to the site, Instead of doing regular visits they will visit the site once in a while and index it, No ranking penalty nothing but only penalty is reduction of regular visits, Other type of penalty I saw google is showing towards doubtful sites is by not showing any fresh dates near the ranking result of the site,

S0 it depends, better to be on the safer side and not to do any linking to bad neighbourhood You should be checking the status of the outbound link often

Automated query penalty

Google penalties can sometimes be caused by using automated query tools which make use of Google's API, particularly when such queries are made from the same IP address that hosts your website. These tools break Google's terms of service (as laid out in their Webmaster Guidelines). Google allows certain automated queries into its database using its analytic tools and when accessing through a registered Google API account. Unauthorised types of automated query can cause problems, particularly when used excessively.
One of the common automatic queries is site:yourdomain (webmaster usually used it to check their sites). But problem happen when you query so much in short period ==> You will see captchar to authorize. So do not write such queries.

Over optimization penalties
These can be triggered by poor SEO techniques such as aggressive link building using the same keywords in link anchor text. When managing link building campaigns, always vary the link text used and incorporate a variety of different keyword terms. Use a backlink anchor text analyser tool to check backlinks for sufficient keyword spread. Optimising for high paying keywords like "Viagra" can further elevate risk, so mix in some long tail keywords into the equation. For brand new domains, add no more than 5 new one way backlinks a week and use deep linking to website internal pages, rather than just homepage link building.

Website cross linking & link schemes
Link schemes (see picture)

If you run more than one website and the Google penalty hits all sites at the same time, check the interlinking (cross linking) between those sites. Extensive interlinking of websites, particularly if they are on the same C Class IP address (same ISP) can be viewed as "link schemes" by Google, breaking their terms of service.
The risks are even higher where site A site wide links to site B and site B site wide links back to site A. If you must use site wide links, make sure they are not reciprocal links. Link schemes built around links in the footer of each webpage are particularly risky. The reality is that site wide links do little to increase site visibility in the Google SERPS, nor do they improve Page Rank more than a single link, as Google only counts one link from a site to another. KSL Consulting also believe that Yahoo! now applies a similar policy. There is some evidence that the extensive use of site wide links can lower website Google trust value, which can subsequently reduce ranking.

Hidden text or links
Most people understand hidden text is something like white text on a white background, and know to steer clear of it. Let me show you an example of a hidden link. Normally a hidden link could be in several forms:
- hidden text that also happens to be hyperlinked, e.g. white text on a white background, and the text is a link
- using CSS to make hyperlinks that are tiny, like 1 pixel high text
- hiding links in something like the period in the middle of a paragraph of text
Here is some examples got from mattcutts

In the first picture, we see nothing. There are 2 normal links. But in the second picture, when you mouse move "mission", you will see the ads text appeared. When you review source code, you will see hidden text
as in picture 3. That is what hidden text and hidden link means. And you should avoid them

Keyword stuffing (spamming)
Remove excessive keyword stuffing in your website content (unnatural repetitions of the same phrase in body text). Always use natural, well written web copywriting techniques.
Keyword stuffing is considered to be an unethical search engine optimization (SEO) technique. Keyword stuffing occurs when a web page is loaded with keywords in the meta tags or in content. The repetition of words in meta tags may explain why many search engines no longer use these tags.

Keyword stuffing had been used in the past to obtain maximum search engine ranking and visibility for particular phrases. This method is completely outdated and adds no value to rankings today. In particular, Google no longer gives good rankings to pages employing this technique.

Hiding text from the visitor is done in many different ways. Text colored to blend with the background, CSS "Z" positioning to place text "behind" an image — and therefore out of view of the visitor — and CSS absolute positioning to have the text positioned far from the page center are all common techniques. By 2005, many invisible text techniques were easily detected by major search engines.

"Noscript" tags are another way to place hidden content within a page. While they are a valid optimization method for displaying an alternative representation of scripted content, they may be abused, since search engines may index content that is invisible to most visitors.

Inserted text sometimes includes words that are frequently searched (such as "sex"), even if those terms bear little connection to the content of a page, in order to attract traffic to advert-driven pages.

In the past, keyword stuffing was considered to be either a white hat or a black hat tactic, depending on the context of the technique, and the opinion of the person judging it. While a great deal of keyword stuffing was employed to aid in spamdexing, which is of little benefit to the user, keyword stuffing in certain circumstances was not intended to skew results in a deceptive manner. Whether the term carries a pejorative or neutral connotation is dependent on whether the practice is used to pollute the results with pages of little relevance, or to direct traffic to a page of relevance that would have otherwise been de-emphasized due to the search engine's inability to interpret and understand related ideas. This is no longer the case. Search engines now employ themed, related keyword techniques to interpret the intent of the content on a page.

Just place keyword in some major positions. Put keyword in title, url, first paragraph, image file name , alt in tag img, meta description

Link buying or selling
Check for any paid links (I.E. buying text links from known link suppliers / companies). There is some evidence that buying links can hurt rankings and this was implied by comments from Matt Cutts (a Google engineer) on his Google SEO blog. Matt states that Google will also devalue links from companies selling text links, such that they offer zero value to the recipient in terms for improving website rankings or Page Rank. More recently, Google applied a Page Rank penalty to known link sellers and many low quality directories.
==> If you use TEXT-LINK-ADS, you will be penalized. Be careful.

Reciprocal link building campaigns
Excessive reciprocal linking may trigger a Google penalty or cause a SERPS filter to be applied when
1. The same or very similar link anchor text is used over and over again
2. Large numbers of reciprocal links are added in a relatively short time.

The dangers are made worse by adding reciprocal links to
+ Low quality sites
+ Websites which have an unrelated theme

+ Avoid reciprocal link
+ Use one way link to similiar theme site
+ Link to quality site

Thin Affiliates and "Made for Adsense" sites
Google dislike those kind of sites. So try to avoid it. Make quality site with original content.

Google Penalty Recovery Strategy
+ Fixing the cause of the problem
+ Waiting for Google to remove any over optimisation penalties or SERPS filters. It takes around 2-3 months after all website problems are corrected.
+ The Google algorithm can automatically remove penalties if the affected website is still Google indexed.
+ To check whether a particular website is still Google indexed, refer to our Google indexing page.
+ If your website has been Google de-indexed and lost Page Rank, then you will need to make a Google re-inclusion request.
+ Follow webmaster guide lines.

+ The best recovery strategy is check your site regularly. Found it ASAP before drop significantly
+ Don't forget to check your link building strategy as poor SEO often causes Google penalties.
+ Removing any reciprocal links to low quality websites, or sites having no relevance to your website theme.

Stumble good or bad?

StumbleUpon is a web browser plugin that allows its users to discover and rate webpages, photos, videos, and news articles. These webpages are typically presented when the user -- known within the community as a Stumbler -- clicks the "Stumble!" button on the browser's toolbar. StumbleUpon chooses which new webpage to display based on the user's ratings of previous pages, ratings by his/her friends, and by the ratings of users with similar interests. i.e. it is a recommendation system which uses peer and social networking principles. There is also one-click blogging built in as well. Users can rate, or choose not to rate, any webpage with a thumbs up or thumbs down, and clicking the Stumble button resembles "channel-surfing" the web. Toolbar versions exist for Firefox, Mozilla Application Suite and Internet Explore

Actually StumbleUpon adds bring a lot of traffic, but bounce rate is quite high: about 90% of the visitors just leave the site, and the average time on site is less than 20 seconds.

StumbleUpon is good for building your social networking profile and finding people in your field of interest. They just introduced the a feature you can see which stumbler's profile is close to yours and you can network with them.

In my opinion Social Media does not bring a lot of traffic in a short term.

It is good or bad depending on what your trying to accomplish - Stumble traffic can be GREAT - here's an example:

A software company that I was working for last year created software that would locate your laptop via a secure server every time someone used it to get online - This product could then help the Authorities catch laptop thief's!

We had a Link Bait article written about this... then used stumble traffic @ a $25 a day budget (which is STILL only .05 per click) = AWESOME....

So were we trying to sell software? Not really... we sold some because of the article and the advertising... but that WAS NOT our goal...

Crazy huh, not really link bait is meant to bring you IBL's (In Bound Links)

Since we only spent 8 days in the advertising area (for a grand total of $200 + the cost of my link bait article - mid $xxx.xx) we ended up at the end of our two week test w/ a few hundred new In Bound Links!

Keep in mind... all of those links are gained the CORRECT WAY! (according to Google) and how much would it cost to BUY 200+ links?

So to answer the original question... yeah Stumble is GREAT if you use it the right way

It can be bad because: Visitors from stumbleupon never click on adsense and never buy anything, bad traffic

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Google Affiliate Network

About Google Affiliate Network

Google acquired the DoubleClick Performics Affiliate operations in March 2008. Together, we're creating new opportunities for monetization, expansion, and innovation in affiliate marketing.

Performics was founded as the first full-service affiliate network in 1998 and was acquired by DoubleClick in 2004. Today Performics Affiliate operates as Google Affiliate Network and remains committed to delivering affiliate channel growth for advertisers and publishers.

Google Affiliate Network connects advertisers and publishers who want to increase sales and drive leads through affiliate marketing.

As an advertiser using Google Affiliate Network, you'll discover pre-screened publishers who can refer consumer traffic to you. As a publisher, you can market your site to advertisers in the network; if selected to participate in an advertiser's program, you'll earn a percent of sales or a referral bounty.
Google Affiliate Network offers:

* Industry-leading advertiser and publisher service
* Rigorous network quality standards
* Reliable conversion tracking
* Detailed reporting
* Automated payments to publishers
* Simple link and creative delivery tools
* Flexible commissions
* Access to top brands on the web

Someone clicks the ad on your site...
...buys the advertised product...
...and you receive a commission on the sale.

Rotate google adsense ads using javascript - Revenue Adsense

I have problem when i want to rotate ads in blog hosted at . But finally, i can do it.

Thank for the article from

The solution, it turns out, is very simple.
Why Randomize Ads?

There are a few reasons you might want to do this.

If you’re looking into changing the theme of your AdSense ad, you may want to test the two themes against each other. By giving each theme approximately 50% of the impressions for a given time period, you can make some direct comparisons between their performance.

Or maybe you and a friend both run a website, so you want to split the advertising time between two AdSense publisher ids. That can be done too.
How the AdSense Code Works

Before we randomize it, let’s take a look at how the AdSense code works.

Here’s the snippet of code that creates the skyscraper on the left side of this page.

<script type="text/javascript"><!--
google_ad_client = "pub-2399151883698113";
/* Web Cash Tall Skyscraper */
google_ad_slot = "8702750734";
google_ad_width = 160;
google_ad_height = 600;
<script type="text/javascript"

You’ll notice two major pieces to this code. The first piece - in the first <script> element - defines the ad unit’s properties. It sets google_ad_client (your publisher id), google_ad_slot (the saved ad unit’s id with color info), google_ad_width, and google_ad_height.

The second section - the script element with src “show_ads.js” - actually displays the ad based on the variables that were set previously.

In order to vary the type of ad shown, we need to come up with a conditional statement to vary the google_ad_client/slot/width/height settings.
The Javascript Code…

And here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for - the Javascript code to randomize which ad is shown.

<script type="text/javascript">
if (Math.random() > 0.5) {
google_ad_client = "pub-2399151883698113";
google_ad_slot = "5396010225";
google_ad_width = 250;
google_ad_height = 250;
} else {
google_ad_client = "pub-2399151883698113";
google_ad_slot = "3900536874";
google_ad_width = 250;
google_ad_height = 250;
<script type="text/javascript"

You’ll notice that there’s an if/else statement, and each branch of the conditional statement defines a different ad to display. The results of that conditional statement rely on the outcome of Math.random().

(Math.floor( Math.rand() * setSize)) + setOffset;

Math.random() generates a random value between 0 and 1. In other words, it gives you a probability. By checking that Math.random() is greater than 0.5, the statement should evaluate to true approximately 50% of the time.

We could also make the rotation more lop-sided. For example (Math.random() > 0.70) would be true 30% of the time. Therefore the first ad would be displayed 30% of the time, while the second ad would be displayed 70% of the time.

Scams and How to avoids

Typical Scams


Just about every mail order publication has at least one ad in it promising hundreds of dollars a week, just for stuffing envelopes. Some even promise to pay $4 or $5 per envelope stuffed! So, many people send off their hard earned money for the "registration fees" just to discover they have been duped.

Let's take a logical look at this type of scam.

Would you pay someone even 50 cents to stuff an envelope when you can buy an envelope stuffing machine for a few hundred dollars? So, there must be more to what you will have to do than simply stuffing an envelope.

There is more. The most prevalent envelope stuffing scam goes like this. You pay your "registration fee" - usually around $30.00. This "registration fee" is pure profit for the operator.

The operator will then send you a copy of the ad you originally responded to, along with the wording to a classified ad, telling people about how much money they can make stuffing envelopes, and to send a self-addressed stamped envelope for information. When you receive someone's SASE, you send them a copy of the ad.

You have just "stuffed an envelope". If the poor sucker sends in the registration fee to the operator (like YOU did), the operator will send you $1 (or whatever was promised in the ad) for "stuffing the envelope". The operator is left with expenses of around $2 and a profit of $28.

Basically, you are doing all the advertising work for the operator for extremely low pay. You should expect a response rate, if you're lucky, of 0.25% to 0.5%. Even at 0.5%, you would have to get 200 responses to your classified ad to earn $1.

The other most common scam goes like this. You send the usual "registration fee" in, and the operator sends you a package containing all the components of the operators mailings. You must assemble them, fold them, and stuff the envelopes according to the operator's very exact instructions.

Then, you send the stuffed envelopes back to the operator. You will be paid for each stuffed envelope that "meets their standards". Of course, none of the envelopes you stuffed will meet their standards. They will find some reason not to pay you. Of course, that doesn't prevent them from still sending out the envelopes you stuffed...

As you can see, joining an envelope stuffing program is not a good idea. Save your money and put it towards a legitimate mail order business. You will be happier and more successful.


In case you are not familiar with them, here's an overview, so you know what to watch out for.

Chain letters are those letters you get, instructing you to send, say $5, to the 4 to 6 people on the list, who will send you a report, or some product, or sometimes even nothing. Then, you add your name to the bottom of the list, moving the others up, and the top one off.

You then print and mail out as many as you can, hoping others will do the same as you. The letters are liberally sprinkled with references to how much money you will make, and how many people are sure to participate. Some even go so far as to promise you $1,000,000 and more, sometimes in less than a month!

Pyramid schemes are what chain letters are based on. You buy into one, then you need to recruit others below you, to move you up the line. The people you recruit, in turn, need to recruit others, and so on. Pyramids go by all kinds of names and formats.

For example, a popular pyramid scheme goes like this: There are 8 "level 4," 4 "level 3", 2 " level 2", and 1 "level 1". When you buy in, you pay a predetermined amount, like $10, to the level 1 person. That makes you a level 4.

When you recruit 8 more people, you become a level 3. Your 8 people then need to recruit 8 more, to move you up, and so on. You're promised that you will get hundreds of dollars when you're at level 1.

These programs all share many characteristics.

They are illegal.
Don't believe what the chain letters say, that someone "showed it to the postmaster, who assured him it was legal," or "it's legal, check the postal codes."

Pyramid schemes are illegal because you're paying money for nothing, in a shaky con game which can fall apart if recruiting drops off. With a chain letter, it's the same, but it's conducted through the mail, which opens up mail fraud laws, also.

The mathematics used in the letters and schemes is flawed.
Most chain letters will say you should expect a 5% - 10% response from your mailings. As anyone in mail order will tell you, this is absurd, especially in regard to chain letters.

With a chain letter you are relying on others to do the work that will make money for you. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Somewhere along the line, people will drop out and everybody loses!

It doesn't matter if the chain letter/pyramid involves sending money, recipes, stamps, or any product or object of value. It's still ILLEGAL and a poor business proposition.

Collect names for us. We pay $20 each. Guaranteed! The truth is, this company WILL pay you $20 for each name you collect for them. What they DON'T tell you is that each person has to spend $100 or more by placing an order before you get your $20.

The customer is led to believe that all they have to do is get out their phone books and start sending the company names and addresses. In return, the company will send them $20 for each name and address they send them. When they send away for the details they discover the scam and think everybody in mail order is operating this way. Result: Mail order is labeled as a scam and illegal business activity.

"How to get 100,000 people to send you $5 each. Send $5 to..." This is cute advertising, but you have to put a legitimate product behind claims like this. One of the materials I found was a book with this title. And you get the book for sending $5 to the publisher. What the you find out is that you are expected to run the same ad in newspapers and tabloids. Other people will send $1 for information and their mailbox is "supposedly" flooded with $1 bills. This ad is NOT illegal. It asks you to send $1 for information and you DO get the information. It's just something you should keep in mind so your expectations aren't high.

These types of ads can be classified under the heading of a "Legitimate Scam." You can't complain that your order was not filled. You can't complain the idea is not possible. You can't complain the ad promised something it didn't deliver.

Likewise, do not confuse scam-sounding ads with legitimate "lead-generating ads". A mail order company may run an ad that states: "Want to make a lot of money? Call 1-800-999-1212". This is NOT necessarily a scam or rip-off. Since there is no cost involved it might be worth your time and effort to call the number and see what is being offered.

Some dealers run ads that don't tell you what the product is because they have an entire package of information they want to send you. It would be too costly to advertise the complete information in a small 1" or 2" ad, so they run "Lead-Generating Ads" to bring them inquiries. This is also not illegal and is common business practice. You will also find that real "Lead-Generating Ads" DON'T ask you for a lot of money up front. They only tell you enough about the product to entice you to send in a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) or $1 for more information. They are unlike "Example 2" which basically tells you the scam before you order it!

Instead of complaining, people should be writing their mail order publishers when they are ripped-off, providing them with documentation and a summary of these mail order scams.

Use your common sense! Get your facts straight. Have documentation to back-up your findings and submit them! Wouldn't it be nice if everybody in the world were honest?


Multi-level marketing is a fancy name used by some companies in an effort to do two things.

1. To move products from their warehouses, and thus increase their sales volume.

2. To recruit "an army" of commission-only sales people.

After you've stripped all the hoopla away from these "super money-making opportunities", the bottom line remains the same - you make money from commissions allowed from the sale of products.

Generally speaking, very few people have any "real" sales experience, and thus, if offered the opportunity to take a job as a commission-only sales person, they'd run from it. Which is not always best since many companies do provide great support and free training to help you along the way.

Most commission-only sales positions are "direct selling" opportunities.
A lot of personal fortunes have been made by commission-only sales people.
When you sell by mail, you are almost always involved in commission selling, and direct selling.

BEWARE - Most people are "duped" into joining multi-level marketing programs without understanding that it is commission sales and at least a form of door-to-door selling. There are some multi-level marketing companies that subtly encourage you to break the law, and run the risk of huge monetary fines, long terms in prison, or both!

This is done by "inferring" that if you find a certain number of people to duplicate what you're doing, and in turn encourage each person to keep the system going, everybody will get rich!

That's a "Ponzi Scheme"!
A Ponzi Scheme is any kind of money-making opportunity where you get paid by recruiting, enlisting or soliciting other people to follow your lead and continue a chain of events. In other words, you'll be paid a commission from the people you recruit, from the people they recruit, from the people they recruit, and on into infinity.

This is the "secret" that most multi-level marketing companies use to induce you to buy into their program. Such practices are illegal, and subject to federal laws which could destroy you. Bi-level marketing plans are the same thing, as are chain letters, and people-helping people clubs. They are all based upon the Ponzi Scheme. If you have any doubts, take your money-making opportunity and sit down with your local postmaster and discuss it's legality.

These things are illegal because if they really worked, by the time one person had attained level number five, he would have "signed up" everybody on the face of the earth with only the first two levels receiving any of the money. There would be nobody left for the third, fourth and fifth levels to sell to.

Multi-level marketing companies get around the law by stating within their by-laws that it is strictly forbidden to promote or attempt to sell the program by mail. Then, when the postal inspectors come calling on the little guy, the MLM company says: He did it - we don't do such things - here, look at our by-laws.

To make any money selling a product or service on a commission-only basis, you have to have the ability to sell like the well known "used car salesman". It's all hard sell, and more often than not, involves "forcing" the prospect to buy whether it's good for him or not.

Anyone who has ever attempted to succeed in commission sales, knows that it takes a product in great demand - a great deal of sales calls, advertising and persistence - at least a little bit of failure - and a tremendous amount of "total business moxie" to make any money at it.

There is nothing wrong with commission selling. If you're good at it, and receive the proper training and support, you can make a lot of money, but remember that multi-level marketing is commission based. It takes a special kind of personality and a great company to succeed at it.


Phone fraud is a multi-billion dollar business that involves selling everything from bad or non-existent investments to the peddling of misrepresented products and services. Everyone who has a phone is a prospect. Becoming a victim is largely up to you.

1. High-pressure sales tactics.

The call may not begin that way, but if the swindler senses you're not going to be an easy sale, he or she may shift to a hard sell. This is in contrast to legitimate businesses, most of which respect an individual's right to be "not interested".

High-pressure sales tactics take a variety of forms but the common denominator is usually a stubborn reluctance to accept "no" as an answer. Some callers may resort to insult and argument, questioning the prospect's intelligence or ability to make a decision, often ending with a warning that "you're going to be very sorry if you don't do such and such". Or, "you'll never get rich if you don't take a chance".

2. Insistence on an immediate decision.

If it's an investment, the caller may say something like, "the market is starting to move even as we speak". For a product or service, the urgency pitch may be that "there are only a few left" or "the offer is about to expire". The bottom line is that swindlers often insist that you must make your decision right now. And they always give a reason why.

3. The offer sounds too good to be true.

The oldest advice around is still the best: "An offer that sounds too good to be true probably is". Be aware that some phone swindlers are becoming more sophisticated and may make statements that sound just reasonable enough (if only barely) to keep you from hanging up. They may make three or four statements you know to be true so that when they spring the big lie on you for what they're selling, you'll be more likely to believe that, too.
4. A request for your credit card number for any purpose other than to make a purchase.

A swindler may ask you for your credit card number. Or, several credit card numbers just for "identification," or "verification" that you have won something, or merely as an "expression of good faith" on your part. Whatever the ploy, once a swindler has your card number it is likely that unauthorized charges will appear on your account.
5. An offer to send someone to your home or office to pick up the money, or some other method such as overnight mail to get your funds more quickly.

This is likely to be part of their "urgency" pitch. It may actually be an effort to avoid mail fraud charges by bypassing postal authorities or simply a way of getting your money before you change your mind.

6. A statement that something is "free," followed by a requirement that you pay for something.

While honest firms may promote free phone offers to attract customers, the difference with swindlers is that you generally have to pay in some way to get whatever it is that's "free." The cost may be labeled as a handling or shipping charge, or as payment for an item in addition to the "prize". Whatever you receive "free", if anything, most likely will be worth much less than what you paid.

7. An investment that's "without risk."

Except for obligations of the U.S. Government, all investments have some degree of risk. If there were any such thing as a risk-free investment with big profits assured, the caller certainly would not have to be calling people in the phone book to find investors!

8. Unwillingness to provide written information or references (such as a bank or names of satisfied customers in your area) that you can contact.

Swindlers generally have a long list of reasons: "There isn't time for that," or "it's a brand new offer and printed material isn't available yet," or "customer references would violate their privacy". Even with references, be cautious, some swindlers actually pay some customers to serve as references.

The caller may also be reluctant to answer questions by phone -- such as inquiries about the firm or even how and where you can contact the firm. The swindler may insist on contacting you "for your convenience".

9. A suggestion that you should make a purchase or investment on the basis of "trust."

Trust should not be given indiscriminately, and certainly not to unknown persons calling on the phone and asking that you send them money. Just the same, "trust me" is a pitch that swindlers sometimes employ when all else fails.

Now we come back to topic: How to avoid it?

1. Don't allow yourself to be pushed into a hurried decision.

No matter what you are told to the contrary, the reality is that at least 99 percent of everything that's a good deal today will still be a good deal a week from now! And the other one percent isn't generally worth the risk you would be taking to find out.

There may be times when you'll want to make a prompt decision, but those occasions shouldn't involve an irrevocable financial commitment to purchase a product or make an investment that you are not familiar with from a caller that you don't know. Also, purchase decisions should never be made under pressure.
2. Always request written information be mailed to you about the product, service, investment or charity and the organization or company offering it.

For legitimate firms, this shouldn't be a problem. Swindlers, however, may not want to give you time for adequate consideration, may not have written material available, or may not want to risk a run-in with legal or regulatory authorities by putting fraudulent statements in writing.

You should insist on having enough time to study any information provided before being contacted again or agreeing to meet with anyone in person. Some high-pressure telephone sales calls are solely for the purpose of persuading you to meet with an even higher-pressure sales person in your home!

3. Don't make any investment or purchase you don't fully understand.

Unless you fully understand what you will be buying or investing in, you can be badly burned. Swindlers intentionally seek out individuals who don't know what they are doing! They often attempt to flatter prospects into thinking they are making an informed decision.
4. Ask what state or federal agencies the firm is regulated by and is required to be registered with.

If you get an answer to this, ask for a phone number or address that you can use to contact the agency and verify the answer yourself. If the firm says it's not subject to any regulation, you may want to increase your level of caution accordingly.

5. Check out the company or organization.

If you assume a firm wouldn't provide you with information, references, or regulatory contacts unless the information was accurate and reliable, that's precisely what swindlers want you to assume. They know that most people never bother to follow through. Most victims of fraud contact a regulatory agency after they've lost their money. It is far better to make the contact and obtain whatever information is available while you still have your money.

6. If an investment or major purchase is involved, request that information also be sent to your accountant, financial advisor, banker, or attorney for evaluation and an opinion.

Swindlers don't want you to seek a second opinion. Their reluctance or evasiveness could be your tip-off.

7. Ask what recourse you would have if you make a purchase and aren't satisfied.

If there's a guarantee or refund provision, it's best to have it in writing and be satisfied that the business will stand behind its guarantee before you make a final financial commitment.

8. Beware of testimonials that you may have no way of checking out.

They may involve nothing more than someone being paid a fee to speak well of a product or service.
9. Don't provide personal financial information over the phone unless you are absolutely certain the caller has a bona fide need to know.

That goes especially for your credit card numbers and bank account information. The only time you should give anyone your credit card number is if you've decided to make a purchase and want to charge it. If someone says they'll send a bill later but they need your credit card number in the meantime, be cautious and be certain you're dealing with a reputable company.

10. If necessary, hang up.

If you're simply not interested, if you become subject to high-pressure sales tactics, if you can't obtain the information you want or get evasive answers, or if you hear your own better judgment whispering that you may be making a serious mistake, just say good-bye.

List of Pay Per Lead Program

Following is list of Pay Per Lead programs. You do not need to worry about the trustness.
All of them are not scam. I will show list of scam program in another post.

1. Affiliate Fuel
2. Directleads
3. Commission Junction.html

Pay Per Lead: Affiliate Fuel

Affiliate Fuel is an advertising network for webmasters that specializes in pay per lead, pay per click (average pay per click is about 12 cents per click) and pay per sale programs. By referring others to Affiliate Fuel you will earn 5 percent of all that affiliate's earnings. You will also earn 2.00$ for every affiliate you sign up into this program. Affiliate Fuel only accepts sites that generate significant amounts of traffic. This is very good in a way because you know that the people you sign up are very likely to make money, and in turn make you money. Affiliate Fuel is very professional, and has friendly customer support you can contact.
Checks are sent on a monthly basis.
Highly Recommended

Their description:

Tired of searching the internet for the best Lead Generation promotions? Affiliate Marketing is about partnerships. When you partner with Affiliate Fuel, you're partnering with a trusted 3rd party, dedicated to your success. Whether you're looking for brand name sponsors that will add value and credibility to your website or high-conversion offers to fill up your growing ad inventory, your experience with Affiliate Fuel will be top-notch!

As a member of Affiliate Fuel, you can pull creatives, track your revenue, locate the network's top offers and optimize them by taking advantage of our intuitive system and outstanding support. We strive to go above and beyond the level of service that you've experienced with other networks and think that you will thoroughly enjoy partnering with us as we work together to help grow your business.

Benefits Include:

  • Great Sponsors
  • Optimized Promotions
  • Quality Support
  • Outstanding Commissions
  • Reliable Payments
  • Detailed Statistics
  • Accurate Program Information

Pay Per Lead: DirectLeads


Company Overview:
DirectLeads offers an excellent pay-per-lead and pay-per-click network that allows you to earn commissions for referrals from your site for free product trials, information requests, software downloads and trials.

Program Details:
DirectLeads combines both pay-per-lead and pay-per-click programs and allows you to select which offers best target your web site's visitors. You can even use their technology to set up random rotation of banners for a variety of their offers on your site. Since none of the offers require your visitors to make any purchases you will see a much higher conversion ration compared to pay-per-sale affiliate programs.

Example pay-per-lead offers that you can promote to your web site visitors include free trials of the Wall Street Journal and U.S. News and World Report, free download of Quicken and TurboTax software trials, and free customizable screensavers. Commissions range from $0.07 to $15, with most being $1 or $2. DirectLeads also offers many pay-per-click programs, paying in the range of $0.05 to $0.10 per click, making Direct Leads a nice replacement for the now defunct ClickTrade pay-per-click programs.

Banners, buttons and text links are available for all programs, and you can even link directly to their DirectFreebies web site. This site contains all of their current offers, in one easy to navigate directory. All of the offer links include your referral codes in them so you earn commissions for any, and all, offers visitors you refer to this site sign up for.

Commission tracking statistics are updated on their web site in real-time, daily, weekly or monthly depending on the particular offers you choose to promote. You can also select to have your reports emailed to you weekly. Checks are issued monthly, with a slight delay since DirectLeads acts as a go between for the companies providing the offers (Wall Street Journal, etc), and must receive payment from them first. There is a minimum $20 check size.

DirectLeads also provides a two-tier commission program (called Super Affiliates) which allows you to earn 10% of the revenue generated by new affiliates you refer. For all affiliates, DirectLeads does request that sites receive 3000 page views per month minimum, and of course not contain any objectionable material.

Overall, the Direct Leads program provides the opportunity for you to offer your visitors many free products and trials, and earn a commission at the same time. Their site is well designed and easy to navigate, and offers you an easy way to select the offers you would like to promote.

Visitor Feedback:
The Direct Leads program comes highly recommended from ClickQuick visitors that have sent in their feedback. This program is reported to be a top earner for many sites.

Pay-per-Lead: Commission Junction

Program Reviews: Pay-per-Lead

Commission Junction

Company Overview:
Commission Junction (CJ) has grown over the last year to be one of the largest affiliate program networks. They boast over 1700 merchants at the time of this review, and are adding new merchants on literally a daily basis. There are a variety of reasons why CJ has been able to grow so quickly.

First, they offer very competitive pricing for their merchants, compared to competing networks like BeFree and LinkShare. This has allowed CJ to not only sign up some big-name web properties, but also attract dozens of more smaller, more targeted, niche merchants. Second, CJ has continuously improved their own affiliate program to provide more benefits to affiliates, and encourage them to help grow the CJ network. It CJ's own affiliate program that we will look at for the purpose of this review, however we will also touch on many aspects of CJ that carry over to all of their merchant partners.

Program Details:
The foundation of the CJ affiliate program is their two-tier commission plan. What this means is that as an affiliate, you are able to earn commissions in two ways for referring new webmasters to the CJ network. First, if the person you refer goes on to join CJ (either to promote CJ directly or one of thousands of merchants), you will earn a $2 up-front referral bounty.

Second, thereafter, for as long as that person remains a CJ affiliate member, you will earn 5% of the commissions they generate for themselves. It should be noted that the referral bounty and 5% residual commissions are only applicable for new affiliates that you refer to CJ. If they were already CJ members, you will not earn these commissions.

As an example, let's say 40 people clicked through from your web site. Then, if 10 of them signed up to be a CJ affiliate, you would earn $20 in referral bounties. Lastly, if those 10 affiliates went on to be active and generate $50 each in commissions each month, you would receive $25 in second-tier commissions on a monthly basis. Although this might be a slightly optimistic example, you can see the power of the CJ program. In this example, referring 10 active affiliates to the program would net you $320 over the course of a one-year period.

CJ offers a variety of other benefits to affiliates. First, unlike many of the other affiliate networks, commissions earned from all merchants are pooled together in one check, and you are paid monthly by CJ directly (not by the merchant). The advantage here is that if you sign up for, say, 10 different CJ merchant's affiliate programs, and each one earns you $5, you will be paid the full $50 you earned. With many other affiliate networks, you would have been paid nothing since you would have not reached the normal minimum check sizes they set (generally $25-100 per merchant). Additionally, CJ offers centralized online commission reports for all merchant programs.

A second advantage of CJ is that just as their own affiliate program is two tier with, all other merchants in their network are also, by default, two-tier. The 5% second-tier commissions apply to all merchants in their network, and not just the CJ affiliate program itself.

Lastly, CJ offers a wide variety of affiliate programs that you can promote on your site. Since they have attracted many smaller merchants, many of them are highly targeted, focusing on a particular niche. This is very useful if your site is also very targeted, since it will increase the likelihood of finding a merchant that is appropriate for your audience. Programs in CJ also range across all types of affiliate commission models, including pay-per-click, pay-per-lead and pay-per-sale.
Visitor Feedback:
So, what kind of feedback has been received about CJ? From a merchant's point of view, I have only received excellent feedback, and from numerous sources. CJ offers a well-designed, well-implemented solution at a reasonable price.

From an affiliates point of view, I have received slightly more mixed feedback. Earlier in CJ's history there were some reports of missed commissions or suspected inaccurate tracking. However, a quick look at my email archives doesn't show a complaint in the last 9 months, so it can be assumed that CJ has ironed out any possible problems they have had.

I have in the last 9 months received several pieces of good feedback, including many reports that CJ always pays on time and accurately. With a poor payment record generally being the major source of complaints for any affiliate program, I am confident in recommending CJ at this time.

How does Pay-Per-Lead work?

Over the last 6 months we have seen an increasing number of pay-per-lead programs vying for the attention of webmasters. The advantage that a pay-per-lead program offers is that visitors to your web site do not need to make any type of purchase for you to be able to earn a commission. As prevalent as e-commerce is becoming today, and even though a large portion of the Internet populace is now comfortable with shopping online, it is still, and will probably always be, easier to give something away then to sell something.

Let's take a look at a simple example, using some real data, but with program names changed to protect the innocent (and the guilty). Program A is pay-per-lead and pays $1 for each new user you refer to their free, downloadable software. Program B is pay-per-sale and pays about a $5 commission for a similar software product that costs $25.

An affiliate decides to promote both to see which results in higher overall commissions. After two months of testing, the affiliate referred 271 new users to Program A, earning him $271. He also referred 24 new users to Program B, earning him $120. The affiliate decided to stay with program A for obvious reasons.

Pay-per-lead programs are generally designed to promote some type of free service or product. An example would be Z Media's free email newsletter subscriptions or CallWave's free software download that allows users to monitor incoming calls while they are online. Since the merchant is mainly looking for a way to widely distribute their product or service, they are willing to pay you for each user, subscriber or member you attract. Generally these payments range from $0.05 to $20 for each 'action' taken by one of your referred visitors.

Since no purchase is required by your visitors, you can expect significantly higher conversion ratios (i.e. the number of visitors you refer that go on to earn you a commission). Although pay-per-lead programs generally pay lower commissions than pay-per-sale programs, the higher conversion ratios will often translate into higher overall profits for you.

Although this example is not indicative of all pay-per-lead versus pay-per-sale comparisons, it does illustrate the fact that you can often earn more even if the program pays lower overall commissions. It also illustrates how pay-per-lead programs generally have much higher conversion ratios than pay-per-sale. In this case, the affiliate referred 11.3 new users to Program A for every sale he referred to Program B.

Pay-per-lead also lends itself to a wide variety of marketing strategies. Since you are offering your visitors or subscribers something they can receive for free, you can easily position ads for pay-per-lead offers as a valuable service to them. When done properly, you are adding value to your web site at the same time you are adding a revenue stream.

If you are interested in adding pay-per-lead programs to your web site or email newsletter (an excellent marketing avenue for them), be sure to check out the reviews of pay-per-lead programs.

Also, I highly recommend the Commission Junction program which offers an increasing number of pay-per-lead programs.

What does Pay Per Lead (PPL) means?

Pay per lead (PPL) is a method of marketing that enables an advertiser to receive membership or advertising services in return for paying per lead received from the marketing venue used. It can be compared to PPC (pay per click), PPS (pay per sale) and PPA (pay per action) advertising methods that require the advertiser to respectively pay for clicks, sales and actions generated through a marketing venue.

The cost associated with each lead purchased by an advertiser or vendor utilizing PPL marketing, is referred to as Cost per lead (CPL). Pay per lead services either charge clients for all leads received, or more commonly vet leads against a qualifying checklist to ensure a consistent level of quality. Pay per lead services are often delivered through existing pay per click affiliate channels, or increasingly through specialist lead generation companies.

These lead generation companies often pass leads on to multiple suppliers in order to provide the buyer with several quotations for comparison or on an exclusive basis.

Affiliate Networks and Programs

Affiliate Networks and Programs

Amazon Associates - Link to Amazon’s products and services and earn up to 10% of the sale price. Converts well for product-focused sites.

ClickBank - Over 10,000 products to promote with commissions as high as 75%.

Commission Junction - Promote the advertiser’s products and services in exchange for a commission on leads or sales.

LinkShare - Pay-for-performance affiliate marketing network. Gives you the ability to use individual product links on your site and generate revenue from sales.

Affiliate Fuel - Serves as a middle man to bring publishers and advertisers together to promote products and services.

LinkConnector - Affiliate marketing network that offers a zero tolerance fraud policy to keep you safe while conducting business.

LeadPile - Affiliate network that allows you to generate and sell trade leads to the highest bidder.

Forex-Affiliate - Affiliate program that allows you to earn commissions from trading Forex (currency exchange) online.

incentAclick - CPA (cost-per-action) affiliate program that guarantees the fastest ROI in the industry.

AdPlosion - Earn revenue by selling leads, clicks and products from their advertisers. Also runs an incentive points program in addition to your commissions.

AffiliateFuture - Another affiliate program that pays you for generating leads, sales and clicks.

ClixGalore - Affiliate network consisting of 7500+ advertisers for you to choose from.

ThinkAction - Affiliate network that claims to have the top payouts and the possibility of earning over $100,000 dollars per month.

RocketProfit - Affiliate network, pays via check after your commissions reach $25 dollars.

CafePress - Earn affiliate commissions by selling your personally branded merchandise.

Avangate - Make money selling popular computer software titles through your site.

Squidoo Traffic Strategies You can Used to Make Money Online

Are you wondering why people keep on recommending Well, it is because is one of the powerful and fast growing Web 2.0 sites available free for web publishers and marketers to make money online. Squidoo allows you to create web pages called lenses which can be posted with whatever content and information you want to share with the world.

By being part of Squidoo, you will be able to use Squidoo lens as the marketing tools for your online business. You don’t have to worry about the rules and regulations of Squidoo as it is perfectly OK to promote your affiliate products, business website or anything else you like to promote on your lenses.

To make your Squidoo lense work for you, the lense has to be attention-grabbing so that it can attract traffic constantly. Those visitors come to you lense not just will read your content but also will click on your affiliate links or business website to find out what you are offering. As a result, you may end up turning these lense visitors into paying customers.

Below are a few strategies you can use to attract attention and traffic:

Create an Impressive Profile
Building a Squidoo profile that appeals others isn’t very difficult. Squidoo lets you upload Youtube videos, Flickr images and much more. These features are great help for making your profile attractive. And the bio photo of your profile, make sure you upload a quality one.

Include Your Target Keywords
Your lense have the ability to attract search engine traffic. So, the content in your lense should contain your main keywords to let the search engines better understand what your lense is about and send you the most targeted traffic. But, don’t overuse keywords in your lense as this could cause your lense blocked by Squidoo staff.

Tag Your Lense
During the process of building a new lense, Squidoo lets you add a title and suggest some keywords. Those are actually your tags. For the entire lense to be effective, you need to tag your lense appropriately which means you should add tags (keywords) that are directly relevant to your topic.

Add in Interesting Images
If you browse on Squidoo lenses, you will find that most of the lenses have the similar format and look. This is a good chance for you to make your lense look unique and interesting. You can do this by placing images and photos to your lense. The images you use must be interesting and have a relation to your content. This way you will make your lense different from others, giving you advantage of drawing more attention.

Network in SquidU
SquidU is much like a bulletin board created for members (Lensemasters) of Squidoo to learn everything about Squidoo. SquidU can be very helpful to you as you can connect with people who know more than you. They can help you optimize your lenses, create attractive profile, and guide you on the effective way to use Squidoo to market your business.

Struggle to Become Lense of the Day
Every day the chief of Squidoo editor will pick a lense that stands out from the crowd and feature as Lense of the Day. The Lense of the day probably will experience a great increase in traffic and exposure. So, you may think about getting your lense to become Lense of the Day. I know this doesn’t sound easy, but you should set a goal to make it to Lense of the Day and struggle to achieve it. One marketer shares a method which is to target topics that are of current interest, such as Olympics. Big news items or clever lenses can end up featuring on the Lens of the Day in the Squidoo blog and gain a lot of traffic overnight!

List of website provide Pay Per Post method

Making money online is a dream for many, but the simple fact is that it’s often just as tough as making money offline. Due to requests, we’ve put together a list of the most popular money making methods today, many of them focused on blogging and peer production.

A word of caution: for the sake of completeness, we’ve included a small number of sites that have been criticized for their ethics. If it sounds too good to be true, it generally is. Commenters are welcome to share their experiences of the various sites.

Get Paid To Write
Weblogs, Inc. - Apply to blog for one of their ninety plus blogs or submit your own topic idea. They will pay you per post that you write and you must meet their minimum post requirements

It is a network of around 90 webblogs, covering a variety of subjects, from computers and gaming to the likes of food and independent film. Roughly half of these blogs are regularly updated and maintained (see criticisms). Weblogs, Inc. was founded in September 2003.

PayPerPost - Get paid as much as $500 or more a month writing blogs Write about web sites, products, services, and companies and earn cash for providing your opinion and valuable feedback to advertisers. Disclosure required.

Write the articles and reviews of their sponsors on your blog.

Blogsvertise - Their advertisers pay you to mention and talk about their websites, products and services in your own blog.

Advertisers want YOU to mention and talk about their websites products and services in your blogs and journals. They want the publicity, the exposure, the Buzz! that online bloggers and internet journals can generate for their web site products and services. In exchange blogsvertise pays YOU in paypal per task/blog entry, for writing / talking about / mentioning their website in your blog!

Review Me - After your blog has been accepted in their network, they will pay you $20 to $200 per post that you write.

Smorty - Earn $6 to $100 dollars per post you write on your blog. Amount paid for each post depends on the overall popularity and page rank of your blog. Bloggers can make money by writing opinion article posts and by pay-per-click advertising commissions.

ponsoredReviews - Write reviews for their advertisers’

Write reviews on products and services on your own blog. They charge a 35% transaction fee for their services.
Description from their site:
  • Earn cash by writing honest reviews about our advertiser's products and services.
  • Write reviews in your own tone and style, and gear them to your audience's interest.
LoudLaunch - Blog about the advertisers campaign releases that meet your interests. They pay once a month.
Their description:
Make Money Writing! LoudLaunch offers one of the most generous payouts in the industry. Join our network and we’ll introduce you to advertisers that are seeking buzz. If your blog and interests are aligned with an advertiser’s campaign then write about them in exchange for pay—not in exchange for a pre-determined outcome but for a fair assessment. What are you waiting for? Leverage your quality content and audience to earn cash now!

Blogitive - Get paid weekly via PayPal for posting stories that interest you.

BloggerWave - Select the advertiser opportunities that best suit your blog and write reviews on their products and services.

InBlogAds - Write about websites, products, services and companies on your blog and get paid for it.

BlogToProfit - Make $250 dollars or more by writing new posts on your blog.
Temporarily down.

Creative Weblogging - Write 7 to 10 posts per week for their network and they will pay you $225 per month.

WordFirm - Make money publishing books as a freelance writer from home.

451 Press - Write for a blog within their network and receive forty percent of all generated revenue.

Digital Journal - Network of bloggers that get paid to report on newsworthy articles through their blogs.

BlogBurner - Sign up for a free blog and get paid for writing new posts. Your commissions are generated through Adsense clicks.

Squidoo - Earn money by writing your new blog, or choose to donate your earnings to charity. - Become a paid guide writing articles for Compensation depends on the growth of your page views.

DayTipper - Earn $3 for every short tip you write and get published.

Helium - Earn a share of their advertising revenue by writing articles in their channels.

Dewitts Media - Get paid to write your own blog. This site requires you have a minimum page rank of 3 to sign up.

BOTW Media - Make money writing a blog for their blogging network.
  • 25% Commission on All Sales!
    • Immediately earn a 25% commission on each successful sale.
    • Earn annual recurring commissions on approved directory listings.
    • Earn monthly recurring commissions on all category sponsorships.

CreamAid - Get paid to submit blog posts in their directory. The total amount of your referral fee will be sent after the Conversation ends.
Their description: You will receive a referral fee whenever someone participates through your post's widget and her post is selected.

Mashable - Mashable hires freelancers and new staff, offering one of the largest platforms for tech bloggers.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

How to make CTR high?

Following is what guru suggest. All tips are from their experiences

1. Try placing your ads under the hot spots. Text ads work good when blended within the content. Try using text and image ads for a week and check the CTR.

The best location for Google ads varies from page to page, depending on content. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when considering where to position your ads:
  • What is the user trying to accomplish by visiting my site?
  • What do they do when viewing a particular page?
  • Where is their attention likely to be focused?
  • How can I integrate ads into this area without getting in the users' way?
  • How can I keep the page looking clean, uncluttered and inviting?

Certain locations tend to be more successful than others. This "heat map" illustrates the ideal placing on a sample page layout. The colors fade from dark orange (strongest performance) to light yellow (weakest performance). All other things being equal, ads located above the fold tend to perform better than those below the fold. Ads placed near rich content and navigational aids usually do well because users are focused on those areas of a page.

While this heat map is useful as a positioning guideline, we strongly recommend putting your users first when deciding on ad location. Think about their behavior on different pages, and what will be most useful and visible to them. You'll find that the most optimal ad position isn't always what you expect on certain pages.

For example, on pages where users are typically focused on reading an article, ads placed directly below the end of the editorial content tend to perform very well. It's almost as if users finish reading and ask themselves, "What can I do next?" Precisely targeted ads can answer that question for them.

2. The more better content, the more click on ads
3. Section targeting
Section targeting allows you to suggest sections of your text and HTML content that you'd like us to emphasize or downplay when matching ads to your site's content. By providing us with your suggestions, you can assist us in improving your ad targeting. We recommend that only those familiar with HTML attempt to implement section targeting.

To implement section targeting, you'll need to add a set of special HTML comment tags to your code. These tags will mark the beginning and end of whichever section(s) you'd like to emphasize or de-emphasize for ad targeting.

The HTML tags to emphasize a page section take the following format:
<!-- google_ad_section_start -->

<!-- google_ad_section_end -->

You can also designate sections you'd like to have ignored by adding a (weight=ignore) to the starting tag:
<!-- google_ad_section_start(weight=ignore) -->

With these tags added to your HTML code, your final code may look like the following:
<html><head><title>Section targeting</title></head>
<!-- google_ad_section_start -->

This is the text of your webpage. Most of your content resides here.
<!-- google_ad_section_end -->

You can use section targeting to make suggestions about as many sections of a page as you like. However, please be aware that we can't guarantee results, and that it may take up to 2 weeks before our crawlers take into account any changes you've made to your site.

In order to properly implement this feature, you'll need to include a significant amount of content within the section targeting tags. Including insufficient content may result in less relevant ads or PSAs. In addition, please keep in mind that this feature should only be used to emphasize significant sections of your site's relevant content. It is against our program policies to manipulate the ad targeting to result in ads that are not relevant to the content of your pages.