Setting Up Your Sales Pages With WordPress

  • October 1, 2008
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Your Sales Pages

One of the best ways to drive traffic to your blog is by making yourself known to other sites. For example, in places like facebook, people will be able to see your link and follow your bait to your blog. The exact place they first go to is called your landing page, which could be your main index (your blog’s front page) or another page that directly tells them what you are selling and why they need it. Some people get disappointed when they expect to see a product review and they get taken to a page that does not exactly tackle what they went there for. Sales pages are also the ones that you use for your Google Adwords campaigns, which you can consider when you have learned enough to use this powerful marketing tool.

The easiest way to introduce your sales page to your blog readers and visitors is to place a link to the sales page on the most visible part of your blog. Page creation is a no-brainer when using WordPress, as one of the features of a wordpress blog is the ability to create web pages that are outside the normal blog post cycle.

There are several ways of categorizing sales pages, and the most common way is to determine whether a sales page is ‘soft sell’ or ‘hard sell’. For people who are just starting out in their quest for online earnings, we will differentiate the types of sales pages by describing what’s ugly and what’s pretty.

The Ugly Sales Page – You might have seen some pages that have ugly yellow bands all over them, or bold letters in various fonts and colors. There are no photographs, not even a pretty icon to beautify things. The paragraphs are not aligned and don’t really qualify as good reading. While we would pass off these pages as “fugly”, there is no denying that they catch attention. Further analysis of the reasons behind the “fugliness” will tell us that these pages are designed to make the reader’s eyes widen at certain points, usually the ones that tell the most powerful messages of the page. Font play, colors and the overall layout of the page makes it a fugly but effective tool for driving profits.

These pages are meant to shock the mind of the reader, shaking him up with the strong message and the visual gimmicks, and eventually sending him to an excited frenzy (or panic), which will make him buy the product being offered.

The Pretty Sales Page – The anatomy of a pretty sales page comprises a nice header, well-aligned text in fonts in neutral color, and over-all, a good presentation of your sale. The nice environment that the page creates relaxes the reader and keeps him reading. Engaging text complemented with icons that directly appeal to the aesthetic tastes of the reader will drive your sales. The buy or “action” button is unobtrusive but inviting.

The goal of the pretty sales page is to make the reader bookmark the page. Skimming through the page, the reader could qualify it as a good resource and promptly tag it for reading afterwards. While he might not buy immediately, he will return often and will possibly buy in the future. The best part is, the exquisite quality of your sales page could just make the reader invite others to view it.

Affiliate Marketing, Online Trading through Your Blog

  • September 30, 2008
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CashSherpa.com is not only about saving money it’s also about making money. One of the best ways to make money online is by starting a blog.

Now that you have a blog, you have quality posts and you have an audience that hangs on to your every article, the next logical step is to moneytize your blog. Moneytization is a term that was coined to describe each action that a blogger does to earn through blogging. The concept of selling through your blog is simple. Like in an outdoor activity where someone or something is attracting attention, the people who stand around watching you perform will need some refreshments, some souvenirs to re-live their experience with, and some useful stuff to take home.

Selling through your blog operates around the concept that “a good spectacle attracts a large crowd”. When your continuous supply of very good content keeps feeding your audience, the advertisers or those who will pay you to continue keeping the crown in thrall will start coming up with attractive offers. Although there’s a good possibility that your potential advertisers are among your fans, there are others who might still be in the dark about your blogging talent and so you need to introduce yourself to these people.

Joining Affiliate Networks

There are networks over the net that serve as venues for advertisers to meet potential sellers, more aptly called affiliates. An affiliate will have access to the merchant (advertiser) resources available to them and will put these on their blog sidebars, text body or in pop-ups. Every sale that the merchant makes through your blog will be counted and compensation will be given to the blogger in the form of commission.

What is Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing is simply sharing of the sale between the webmaster (blogger) and the merchant. There are several ways to be compensated for your efforts at selling the merchant’s products. Merchants will have very strict rules that you have to follow for compensation to be awarded. Some will pay you when the people you send to the merchant’s site buy something (counted as a sale), while others will pay you when the people you send to their site sign up for an offer (counted as a lead).
There are merchants who will pay you just for the interest of your blog readers. This means that they pay you for the clicks that your site generates on their banners. Though undeniably the fastest way for a blog to earn, the merchants are very much aware of the scams that some unethical bloggers think up to game this marketing system. Thus, they employ the most advanced means to protect themselves from “click fraud”.

Help Them Help You

For online trading through affiliate marketing to succeed, both the merchants and the website owners (also called publishers) must work together to come up with the best solution for their business. Affiliate managers will be assigned to a blogger or publisher when approved for a product campaign. There are the people bloggers communicate with via email, and if you have questions about their product, banners or marketing tools, they are the ones to approach. A blogger must also read through every single document that the merchant provides to ensure that whatever marketing schemes he thinks up is in line with the goals of the merchant or advertiser.

Working with Affiliate Managers to Boost Your Blog Earnings

  • September 29, 2008
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CashSherpa.com is not only about saving money it’s also about making money. One of the best ways to make money online is by starting a blog.

Your new job as an affiliate to a merchant and a blogger to a crowd who loves you already may take up most of your time. What you have to know is that affiliate marketing may also take up some of your own resources. Like any other successful business, most of the successful affiliates you will meet will tell you that they have had to shell out some cash for a very worthy campaign. In fact, you are already shelling out some cash by building a blog and paying for hosting.

Money coming in vs. Money coming out

Every now and then, you will find a merchant who is more than willing to give you the lion’s share of the profit. With that in mind, you go in a flurry of activity and try your best to get the product out there. The problem is, while you know that a product is useful, you can be sure that several more people know of this fact too, and have been recruited by the same merchant. A successful campaign is only successful when your efforts convert, i.e. you make a sale. If a product is hot, and there are other people aiming for the massive crowd that would love to buy the product, your main ally in making the campaign (which you are spending your own money on) work in your favor will have to be the affiliate manager in charge of your account. He can enlighten or clarify some regulations, as well as provide you with banners that you need.

Working with Affiliate Managers

A good relationship with your affiliate manager means keeping in constant touch, learning about which campaigns or products are expiring soon, and requesting for better banners.  Affiliate managers are also the ones who will help you when your clicks are not being counted, or if there are discrepancies in the computation of your commission.

Always start your letters to your affiliate manager with pleasantries, no matter how distraught you are (e.g. you have been keeping the campaign going, bleeding cash and still, your leads are not being counted). Set the mood to professional and explain your side calmly. Getting in a word war with an affiliate manager could endanger your investment and make your efforts seem pointless. Of course, you know quite well that they need your efforts for them to earn, but making yourself a liability by being difficult could just exasperate the most patient affiliate manager.

First of all, choose a program that has the best reputation for customer or affiliate service. How do you know which ones are good? Ask around, check out the sites that are promoting the products and politely ask for feedback. The easiest way to find programs with very good affiliate communication is to analyze how their campaigns are doing inside an affiliate network. Some questions to ask include:
1. Does it feel like the affiliate manager is offline all the time?
2. Do they send you newsletters to inform you of the new products that need promoting?
3. Do they have banners that fit your campaign? If not, are they willing to craft some new banners just for you?

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