Sailing the seas of online marketing and plundering the riches as an affiliate pirate.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

My Agloco statistics for July

It's the end of July and time to brag about all new referrals and hours I got this month:

There is an increase in referral growth compared to June, although not a big one. That's not surprising, considering I'm on a holiday in London and don't have an internet access, so I don't do much more besides updating my blog occasionaly from internet cafes. I do have some posts written just waiting to be posted, but they will be more like short articles about marketing tools I use (such as forum signatures or traffic exchanges I wrote about before), rather than updates and bits of interesting news from Agloco.

I will be returning home to Lithuania at the end of August and returning to my normal posting frequency of at least once a week. Until then, it seems my Agloco network is growing pretty nicely on it's own.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Marketing with forum signatures

By using online forums, you can get publicity for your site very fast. You can't, however, just post your link randomly. Some forums have "advertisement" sections, but most are very strict about posting affiliate links or even regular websites. In that case, you can add them to your signature. BBCode is usually used for signatures, like this:

[url=http://wikipedia.org]Wikipedia[/url]

Having a forum signature that links to your site can be useful in several ways. First, if you are an active forum member who posts often, you will be getting free targeted traffic. For instance, if you are participating in a forum about fishing, it's likely that the members of the forum will be interested in your site about fishing products. Of course, you can also advertise a website that is completely unrelated to the forum topic. It won't be as effective, but you might get visitors from a different audience.

Second, a forum signature that links to your site is useful from SEO perspective. Active forums are visited by Google and other search engine spiders frequently, so it's likely your website will get a higher ranking or get indexed faster. It's so effective that some people even resort to using spamming bots to post thousands of links on the forums (which get deleted later anyway, so you are better off using your signature).

If you want to use forum signatures to get more Agloco signups, you should link to your site, blog, or at least a small splash page, which would explain a bit more about how Agloco works. You don't want to add your referral link, because it will take visitors straight to the registration form, and they will be less likely to signup. In addition, by linking to your site or blog, you get the SEO advantage that I mentioned before.

The forums where you use Agloco signature don't necessarily have to be related to making money online. Agloco offers a very simple and easy way to earn for anyone with an internet connection, so you might attract people who normally aren't interested in internet marketing and such. I am a member of several online forums, and I have put a link to this blog in my signature. I do get a click every now and then, although SEO advantage is more obvious. In some I registered specifically for advertising, but in most forums I participate because I like the discussions. The free advertising I get from my signature is like an additional bonus.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

SmileyTraffic exchange

I have written about several traffic exchanges before. Now it's time to introduce - and promote :) - SmileyTraffic. It offers many ways to advertise your site, such as manual and auto surfing, paid-to-click links, and text link or banner impressions. SmileyTraffic also has monthly contests with cash prizes and $0.02 bonus for each 100 pages surfed manually. It's a big traffic exchange with over 21.000 members. If there's one thing I miss, it's country targeting, but regrettably, their exchange script from LJScripts.com doesn't have this feature.

Of all traffic exchanges I'm a member of, I have the largest downline in SmileyTraffic (which is over 400 members). I also have a big supply of "manual credits", so it's not surprising that I get good results from promoting my splash pages I wrote about earlier. Still, the most effective means of advertising that SmileyTraffic offers is text link and banner impressions. These are displayed on their front page (look for "Feature Link") as well as member area and surfbars. Since monthly cash contests are about getting most unique hits to your referral page (which is the same as front page, just with referral ID added), the text links and banners of SmileyTraffic members are shown all across the internet.

The visitors who click text links and banner ads come mostly from SmileyTraffic surfbars or member area, then from other traffic exchanges. Some come from paid-to-read sites, or even Google AdWords advertisements. You can see that if you setup an ad with a tracking link. Overall CTR isn't that great - I have many text links and banners in rotation and it varies from 0.09% to 0.3%. That's not unexpected, however, considering that a large number of impressions are shown on autosurf exchanges where no one actually looks at the ads. For example, one of my oldest Agloco promoting links with text "Agloco has launched! Join now!" has over 1.2 mil impressions and 1998 clicks, resulting in 0.16% CTR. The important thing here is that I got two thousand interested people click on my ad, for free. All you have to do is convert SmileyTraffic credits into impressions.