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Main Uddin is one of the pioneer blogger cum e-marketer from North East India(Assam).He is also a Skilled web Developer and regular columnist for various news portals around the globe.Read More

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Top Predictions for Web Designers to Get Stylist look in 2017

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Trends in web design, like fashion trends, come and go. Sometimes trends are dictated by necessity (like responsive design). Other trends are industry shifts, such as the change from skeuomorphism to flat design.

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The decision to follow a trend must depend on the needs of your users and your business. The decision should never be based solely on “it’s what the cool sites are doing”. Fads fade. A site built only on trends quickly becomes out of date.

Through 2016, we have been introduced to a multitude of new styles and trends as designers continue to shift away from very simplistic and minimalist directions. We are beginning to see a move back towards a more visually comprehensive and impactful design trend. The implementation of new technologies and softwares such as Framer and Origami continue to expand the possibilities of what is possible in web design.

Below, we will look at six web design style predictions which look set to develop and continue through 2017, and some recent examples which have already begun to effectively implement these latest trends.

1. Subtle microinteractions



Microinteractions have really begun to gather traction on the web, and with multiple new and sophisticated tools for prototyping and implementing these, the trend looks set to continue. Buck.tv is a great example of microinteractions done effectively. The hover effects are highly stylised and feature beautiful and satisfying transitional animations.

2. Overlapping depth elements

Nyte template.

A trend that really began to develop with the introduction of Google’s Material guidelines is that of overlapping elements to create depth. The trend is as popular as ever and examples such as the above present a fine example of just how it can be so effective, particularly when use with contrasting colors and large shadows. The result is subtle but high impact, and can help produce a satisfying transition between elements as the user works their way down the page.

3. Hand-drawn iconography

Hand-drawn icons on anyways.co.

Icon trends are also advancing and tie in directly with web design. The anyways.co website shows how carefully implemented hand-drawn icons can provide great contrast to clean and uniform typography. It’s also becoming more abundant for use as call to action pointers such as ‘Get in touch’. This is now more frequent as designers and marketers look to increase conversions using subtle contrasting visual hints.

4. Colorful shape gradients



Stripe’s new website was incredibly well-received across the design industry and gives us a glimpse at the styles that designers may be inspired by into 2017. One of the most bold and impactful styles used by Stripe is the shape-filled gradient header that is becoming ever synonymous with their brand. It uses multiple angular gradients and combines them to great effect. 2017 is likely to see more gradients introduced, particularly in hero sections of websites where designers have the most ability to attract the attention of new visitors.

5. Minimal mockups

Via Sketch App Sources.

Another trend that Stripe looks to have solidified is that of using minimal product mockups as opposed to their realistic counterparts. This can provide a less severe, subtle flow to a website, and presents the opportunity for the work inside the mockup to really stand out. The above example is a great free version of such a mockup and should help serve as a great resource to begin using the latest 2017 trends in your web designs.

6. Large colored shadows

Image: Dribble.

As shadows continue to make their comeback, designers are looking at more creative ways of using them in their designs. One example of this is the use of large colored shadows as opposed to small monochrome equivalents. When combined with a colored background, as above, this style can enhance the shadowed element and overall visual design of the website.

Recall of Mind

As 2016 nears an end, web design continues to slowly shift away from the very flat trends that have been so prevalent in the previous few years. Designers are continuing to develop visually interesting and bold styles which are effective in conveying a brand while maintaining and improving ease of use for the user.
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Perfect Web Design can boost the 3 degrees of a popular company

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Every company on the web deserves a great website that does an amazing job of representing their business. With so much advancement on the web every year, we always see new trends coming out. The truth is, a great web design can boost your companies popularity on the web instantly.



Breaking down Web Design and Popularity 

Below, we will be getting deeper into defining what a great web design is, how to improve your current web design, and how a web design can affect your companies popularity on the web. 

Defining Degree 1- What is a great web design?

Identifying a great web design can be split into 5 different categories.

Category A. Visual Design. 

The visual outer appearance of a website is placed in the first category. The visual outer appearance of a website should have a great web design. All elements of the page should be in place and nothing should be overlapping. Make sure that your web design company creates a visual web design that does a great job to showcase company on the web. The visual design of a site is the first thing that defines a great web design.

Category B. Internal Coding. 

The internal coding appearance of a website is placed in the second category. The internal coding plays a major role on the overall website performance. A web designer must follow clean coding methods to produce a clean coded web design. Always note to close all unopened div tags and remove unused javascript files from a script. The internal coding is the second thing that defines a great web design. 

Category C. Mobile Friendly. 

The mobile friendly aspect of a website is placed in the third category. There are millions of people on mobile devices in the USA and Europe. Mobile devices have gotten so popular and advanced with new features that it is fun for the average mobile user to browse the net through a mobile device. A mobile device is something that you can take anywhere and it is always work friendly. Mobile devices now have app stores that allow anyone to download almost any app that they can imagine! With this amount of growth in mobile device use, a web design must become mobile friendly. Years before, web designers didn’t stress enough about mobile devices and their main focus was producing a great web design for desktops. Now, the tables have turned and producing a mobile friendly web design is one of the most important things on the list. Being that mobile devices are smaller, for a web design to be mobile friendly, somethings need to change. The first thing that needs to change is the font size. Mobile devices have smaller screen sizes which means that a website needs to have a larger font size to please the average web visitor. Another thing that makes a web design mobile friendly is a responsive layout. A responsive layout will re-shape a web design for different screen sizes. By making your fixed layout a responsive layout, you will have satisfied almost all of your mobile devices users. The mobile friendly aspect of a design is the third thing that defines a great web design. 

Category D. On Page Company Graphics. 

The company graphics of a website is placed in the fourth category. Your company should contain high-resolution photography that represents your brand and your color theme. Graphics of actively working or scenery ( depending on your business field) are most preferred on the web. There are 2 free solutions for finding quality photos for your website. The first solution is renting out a studio,gathering your team, and taking some great snaps. This first solution is great because it provides you unique photos that you will only have online and no one else has. The second solution to finding quality photos free is by searching a creative commons directory. Creative Commons images are completely free to use and by inspecting out their sub-license, you can even find pictures that are allowed for commercial use with no attribution. Creative Commons photos have a large range of images to select from, this gives a company tons of choices! The on page company graphics of a design is the fourth thing that defines a great web design.

Category E. Social Activity. 

The social icons of a website are placed in the fifth and final category. Social activity is known for boosting web visitors and expanding a website even further on the web. A company should always include all their most used social networking sites on the footer of their website. When a web visitor lands on your page, they should expect to see what else you are doing outside of your website. It is recommended to always be active on social media and list your social media icons/links on your site. The social activity of a design is the fifth thing that defines a great web design.

Visitor Degree 2- How does a web design effect a web visitors actions? 

The web visitor is the most important person that you will always try to impress. No matter how much money you may use in online marketing and SEO when that web visitor lands on your website, that is when the results come in. 

1-First Impression. A well-designed site should create an instant first impression to the web visitor and represent a company very well. The first impression of a web design is always memorable. 

2-Average Web Stay Time. If a website is favored, a web visitor will stay longer. If a website is disliked, the web visitor will leave the page instantly. A well-designed site will increase on page visitor stay time while a disliked site will increase a website's bounce rates. The goal is to always prevent bounce rates. 

Newest Trends Degree 3- What are the latest web design trends that you can use to boost your popularity? 

1- Engaging Design. An engaging web design will spark up a first-time web visitors interest. An engaging web design can fall in the lines of a UI Motion design. 

2- One Page Design. The one-page design has been proven to be mobile favored! This design does an absolutely amazing job of giving the web visitor all they need to read on 1 page. 

3- Large Vid Backgrounds. Large video backgrounds have added that twist in web design. A video background will catch the eye of a first-time web visitor and increase page stay time. 

Final words : 

Above, we have justified the 3 degrees that show how a great web design can lead to popularity on the web. Better designed websites have been proven to be more successful! Read the 3 degrees we have defined and split to get a better understanding of howa great web design can boost popularity on the web.
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WordPress Solution : White page issue after installation or update of theme or plugin

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If you fail to Access Admin Or Blank White Page After Install Or Update of any WordPress theme or plugin or both. Here is the ultimate instant solution for bloggers, marketers , entrepreneurs and business owners. 

PROBLEM DESCRIPTION:

After installing a new theme or plugin, or updating a theme or plugin, your site may return a blank white page or keep you from accessing the admin area.

There are three primary causes for white screens:
Fatal errors in the code that keep the page from loading
Missing or corrupt files
Memory issues with WordPress due to server configuration or database capacity

Why do you get this error?

Majority of the time when you see a white screen of death, it means that you exhausted the memory limit. This could be caused by a plugin that you may be using that is not functioning properly. It could also be caused by a poorly coded theme that you are using. It could also mean that there is an issue with your web hosting server. Since the problem can be caused by any number of things, it may require a lot of troubleshooting.

MY ANSWER:

General Troubleshooting

To find out whether the cause is the theme, a plugin, WordPress or your server:
Log into your site via FTP. If you are unsure of how to use FTP, contact your host for asisstance
Go to wp-content and rename the plugins folder to plugins-off (this will deactivate all plugins).
Return to your WordPress admin and see if access is restored.
If yes, you have a conflicting plugin. Rename the folder back to plugins, then visit the Plugins area in your admin and reactivate each plugin one at a time, starting with WooCommerce or other “critical” plugins until you trigger the one that breaks the site again. To resolve the plugin conflict, delete the plugin folder via FTP or repeat the above and leave that plugin deactivated.
If no, deactivating plugins did not solve the issue, continue:
Under wp-content, go to themes and rename your theme’s folder. For example, store-off

You must have at least one default theme in the themes folder for this to work. WordPress will automatically activate TwentyFourteen if available.
Return to your WordPress admin and see if access is restored.
If yes, reinstall and reactivate your theme using a fresh download of the latest version. 
If no, the issue is likely not your theme or a plugin and likely has to do with WordPress or your server configuration.

Corrupt Files In WordPress

Download a fresh copy of the latest version of WordPress from wordpress.org and unzip the wordpress folder it contains to your desktop or an easy-to-find location
Connect to your site via FTP and upload the contents of the unzipped wordpress folder to your site root and overwrite the existing.
When viewing the wordpress folder contents on your computer, it should look very similar to your site folders (ie you should see a wp-admin, wp-content and wp-includes with a bunch of files).
This will NOT overwrite your config or site content/uploads, plugins or themes.


When the transfer/overwrite is complete, attempt to access your admin again (it should work now).
If you suspect your site may have been hacked or infected with malware, refer to Site has been hacked or redirects to malware URL

Suspected Memory Issues

Try increasing the allowed memory in your php.ini to 64M or higher. You may need your host to do this for you.


We understand that this is a very frustrating error, and we hope that one of the tricks above fixed the issue for you. What have you tried that seemed to work for you? If you found another solution to work, then please let us know. We would be happy to expand on this resource, so others do not have to waste as much time finding a solution.
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Failed to access WordPress Admin Panel Dashboard, Create New user or change password from control panel

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One of our users site got hacked and the WP Admin user account password was changed by the hacker. This essentially locked the user out of his admin dashboard. It is best (for situations like this) to just create a new admin user account to gain access to WP admin dashboard and fix things as needed.
In this tutorial I will show you how you can create a new WordPress admin user account via MySQL database (without having access to your WordPress admin dashboard).
Note: You can ONLY do this if you are the site owner. You need to have access to cPanel/Control Panel of your server (comes with your hosting plan). If you don’t know the details of your cPanel login then ask your hosting provider.

Step 1) Access Your MySQL Database

  • Log into your cPanel/Control panel
  • Go to “Database” section
  • Click on PHPMyAdmin icon

Step 2) Go to the WP Users table

  • Select your WordPress database from the list of databases in PhpMyAdmin
  • Go to the WP Users table and click on the “insert” link

Step 3) Insert a New Record in the Users Table

You will need to fill in the following fields to insert a new user record:
  • ID – Keep the value of this field empty (it will automatically assign the correct value for it)
  • user_login – insert the username you want to use
  • user_pass – add a password for the account. Select MD5 in the functions menu (Refer to the screenshot below).
  • user_nicename – leave this field empty for now
  • user_email – add the email address you want to use for this account.
  • user_url – leave this field empty for now
  • user_registered – select the date/time for when this user is registered.
  • user_status – set this to 0.
  • display_name – leave this field empty for now
  • Click on the Go Button (you should see a success message)

You can go back to the wp_users table and browser the entries to verify that the user record has been inserted correctly (see screenshot below).

Take note of the value if the “ID” field for this newly created user (we will need this ID field’s value for the next step). In this case the ID is 2.

Step 4) Insert User Meta Values

This is the final step where we will assign some user meta values to the user account we just created.
Go to the “wp_usermeta” table and click on the “insert” link:

Use the following values and click the “Go” button to insert the usermeta data
  • unmeta_id – Leave it blank (it will be generated for you)
  • user_id – This is the ID of the user we created in the previous step. For our case it is 2.
  • meta_key – Use wp_capabilities
  • meta_value – Use the following value for this field:
a:1:{s:13:"administrator";s:1:"1";}
See screenshot below

All done!
Changing Your WordPress Admin Password Within Your Database

Issue

You've forgotten or lost your password for your WordPress admin account, and now you can't get in to edit your site.
Solution

There are four ways you can recover or change your admin password, and continue to work on your site.

Option 1: Use the WordPress Built-In Password Reset Feature

This option is the easiest. It requires the username or email address attached to the account that you are trying to reset the password for. It requires that you know the email address and password for the account associated with the WordPress admin account.
  1. In your URL bar go to http://yourdomainname.com/wp-login.php
  2. On this screen, click Lost Your Password?
    This will send a password reset link to your admin account's email address.
  3. Login to your email account for your admin account.
  4. Click the email from your WordPress site.
  5. Click the password reset link.
  6. On the next screen enter and confirm your new password click Reset.
  7. On the next screen click Log In.
  8. Use your admin username and the new password to login.
Option 2: Change the Password in the MySQL Database

This option requires knowledge of the Customer Control Panel, phpMyAdmin, and the WordPress database. It is not recommended to attempt this without familiarity in these areas. If you do not feel comfortable manually editing the database, or navigating the control panel, please follow the steps in Option 3.
  1. Login to your Control Panel. 
  2. Click on the System tab up at the top left.
  3. Navigate to Websites & Domains.
  4. Click on Databases.
  5. Click on the database for your WordPress site.
  6. Click on WebAdmin.
  7. Click on the wp_users table
    Note: Your database may have different prefixes on the tables, depending on how it was set up.
  8. Click on the Browse tab up at the top on the left side.
  9. Click on the user you wish to edit
    Note: The edit button will be to the far left at the beginning of the row.
  10. In the password field, select MD5 for the type, and enter in your new password.
  11. Click Go at the bottom.
  12. Go to your site's login and try your new password. If all went as expected, your new password should work, and you can login.
Option 3: Contact Support for Assistance

This option is for that situation when you can't get to your site to use the lost password link, or when you don't feel comfortable editing your database manually.
  1. Log in to your Control Panel. 
  2. Click the Help tab at the top.
  3. Click Trouble Tickets.
  4. Click Submit a Ticket.
  5. Click on SUPPORT: I have a technical issue that I need assistance with.
  6. Click Open a Ticket with the Support Team, then click next.
  7. In the application drop down, select the application you are using, in this case, WordPress.
    Enter in all of the information that you can provide in the fields provided.
    The only fields that are required are:
    • What your domain name is
    • What you are trying to do, in this case, you can leave it at the default, Control Panel
    • You'r preferred follow up method
    • Subject of the ticket
    • The message explaining what you are trying to do, and what you need help with in this case, please include the username you are trying to reset the password for.
  8. Click Submit at the bottom.
  9. We will begin working on your ticket very soon and you will be receiving your reply as soon as we are done, or if we need more information from you.
Option 4: Use Control Suite's Update WordPress User Password Button

This option is only available to dedicated server customers. 
  1. Log into your dedicated server using Remote Desktop
  2. Double click on the Control Suite icon on your desktop. 
  3. Login to Control Suite.
  4. Double click on the Plesk x.x.x (Domains) icon in the Navigation Tree.
  5. Double click on the [domain] that requires the password reset.
  6. Double click on WordPress x.x.x
  7. Double click on Administrators. Click on admin.
  8. Click on the Update WordPress User Password in the Commands Ribbon.
  9. Type the new password in the Main Window and press Execute.

Update WordPress User Password
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Easiest Steps to Build A Successful Amazon Affiliate Store Using WordPress CMS

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Assam Internet Marketing School was founded for mainly train up the newbies. For many of the reasons discussed in phase 1 (visit the home page to gain instant access of ASIM) of our free ecommerce training course, a lot of folks choose to build an affiliate productstore rather than building a traditional ecommerce store. In this tutorial, we'll walk you through the core steps you must take in order to create and launch an affiliate product store. Although this tutorial will focus on being an "Amazon Affiliate" and promoting Amazon products, the concepts covered here could apply to building an affiliate store with any retailer's products.

Easiest Steps to Build A Successful Amazon Affiliate Store Using WordPress CMS



As we discussed in phase 1 of our training, being an affiliate for another retailer and running an affiliate product store is a very viable way to build a successful online store. Typically your margins aren't quite as good as they are using the dropship model and running a regular ecommerce store, but you don't have to deal with processing orders or corresponding with customers. Running an affiliate product store is a piece of cake!

Here are the basic steps for building an Amazon affiliate product store...
  1. Register a domain 
  2. Set up web hosting
  3. Install WordPress
  4. Sign up for Amazon's affiliate program
  5. Install required plugins
  6. Add products to your store

STEP 1. REGISTER A DOMAIN NAME


You can find tips and advice from Google on selecting a good domain name for your store. In a nutshell, you want a domain name that is short, memorable and somewhat "brandable." Typically, the best way to do that is to add a short, 1-syllable "filler word" to the end of your main keyword phrase (or just 1-2 words of it). For example, if my main keyword phrase was 'dog houses', I would choose a domain name that starts with that and ends with a filler word. Some examples would be indilens.com, doghousesnow.com, doghousesplus.com, doghouseshop.com, doghouseshq.com, etc.

Registering a domain name only costs about $10 per year. The domain name registrars we personally use and recommend are NameCheap & GoDaddy (in that order). They are among the cheapest online and offer solid support if you have any post-purchase issues (which is highly unlikely).

STEP 2. SET UP WEB HOSTING


If you haven't already done so, it's time to get a web hosting account. We've tried out probably a dozen different hosting companies, and HostGator is our hands-down favorite (considering cost, support, reliability and everything). A 'Baby Plan' with HostGator costs under $10 a month and allows you to host an unlimited number of domains on it. Store Coach members get the first month free by the promo code STORECOACH during checkout. You can host all of your affiliate stores on this one plan, and if you decide to do a personal website or a corporate blog later on, you can host them on this same plan as well.

NOTE: Once you have your hosting account set up, HostGator will send you an email with your account details. Be sure to save this email or copy those details to a usernames & passwords spreadsheet on your computer. You will need to know the nameservers of your hosting account so you can "point" (aka "link") your domain name to your hosting account. Once you have the nameserver names in hand, just log in to your registrar account (with NameCheap or GoDaddy) and enter them. Here are step-by-step instructions for entering your nameservers at NameCheap and at GoDaddy. Once your nameservers are updated, it will take between 1-24 hours for your domain name to start pointing to your hosting account.

STEP 3. INSTALL WORDPRESS

Before you can proceed with this step, you must wait for your nameservers to be fully propagated (don't worry, you really don't have to understand what that means ). When nameservers have fully propagated, typing your domain name into a web browser (like FireFox, Chrome or Internet Explorer) will display a blank or mainly blank page rather than showing the default GoDaddy or NameCheap parked page (like it did right after you registered the domain). Make sure this is the case before proceeding with this step (if you don't, you could cause yourself all sorts of problems).


Installing WordPress on your hosting account is very quick and easy (and free, of course). Just follow the steps in guide (provided by HostGator), and then return to this tutorial to proceed through the remaining steps.

STEP 4. SIGN UP FOR AMAZON'S AFFILIATE PROGRAM

Once you have installed your WordPress blog and done some basic configuring, you will want to sign up for Amazon's affiliate program in preparation of the upcoming steps. Be sure to save your Amazon Associate login details because you will need to access that portal for the upcoming steps (and from time to time in the future as well).

STEP 5. INSTALL REQUIRED PLUGINS


Plugin #1. WooCommerce - The first plugin you'll need is called WooCommerce. You can install it from the 'Plugins' section within your WordPress admin panel .

Plugin #2. WooCommerce Amazon Associates - The second plugin you will need is called WooCommerce Amazon Associates, which you can purchase . This plugin allows you to quickly and easily pull products from Amazon and load them into your Amazon affiliate store. It is extremely powerful, and a single license allows you to use it for any & all Amazon affiliate stores you ever do!

There are, of course, other WordPress plugins you can and should consider installing (SEO by Yoast, a social sharing plugin, a security plugin, etc.). But the above 2 plugins are all you reallyneed to run an (Amazon) affiliate product store.

STEP 6. ADD PRODUCTS TO YOUR STORE

Once you're set up as an authorized affiliate (either for Amazon or for one or more top retailer(s) in your niche), it's time to add products to your WordPress store. I recommend trying to make your WordPress site look as much like a standard ecommerce store as possible, simply replacing the 'Add to Cart' buttons on each product page with a 'But at Amazon' or 'Buy Now' button that links to that specific product on Amazon.com or the retailer's site (using your affiliate tracking code, of course). You'll obviously still want a home page, category and sub-category pages, shop by price/brand pages, etc.

Make sure to go through our phase 2 training material (starting with section 3.3) as you're building your store. Almost all of the sections in Phase 3 will be fully applicable for you. There are only a couple sections towards the very end of Phase 3 that are specific to traditional ecommerce stores (and we've noted at the beginning of those sections whether they're applicable to affiliate product stores or not).
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Hardship of Successful Affiliate Marketing for Pro Bloggers

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It was early days of affiliate marketing when I was busy in 9 to 5 job. Maximum regular readers know that I had left my regular job in 2007 and there after I am in online marketing by doing marketing or web developing works. Since moving over to my new affiliate program, I have signed up about 300 affiliates. But what is interesting is that each month I send over 90% of my affiliate commissions to the same ten or twelve people. A lot of people join affiliate programs for no other reason than to earn an affiliate commission on a product(s) they buy. And this does work with any program, however like most affiliate programs have a minimum payout threshold. So yes you can earn a commission on your own purchase but you would first have to purchase over $100 total since our commission percentage is 40%.

Hardship of Successful Affiliate Marketing for Pro Bloggers


Beside those folks, there are a lot of folks who join because they want to earn money, but they don’t have any experience with affiliate marketing. So I thought I would give you some affiliate marketing tips to help you. In the event you are reading this and know nothing about affiliate marketing before we start with the affiliate marketing tips, here is a basic outline: Affiliate marketing is the practice of a merchant rewarding their affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate's marketing efforts. Examples include sites where they pay you a commission for referring a sale. This is usually accomplished by the affiliate putting a merchant’s banner or text link on their website, blog, newsletter or placing links in social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. When someone clicks on a banner, it places a cookie in his or her computer that allows the merchant to track where the sale came from.

Most merchants pay their affiliates monthly. Some of the web’s largest companies have affiliate programs including eBay, Amazon and Yahoo. With most affiliate marketing programs the buyer must purchase something to generate a commission, but there are merchants who will pay you for a sales lead. This usually requires a person who clicks from your link to the merchant to fill out a lead form with their contact information.

OK – so lets get started with the tips:

1. Select Your Merchants Carefully: 

A lot of affiliates select their merchants on the basis of who pays the highest commission, but like to select based on who has the best reputation and quality product. The next factor I look at is the sell-through rate –which merchants convert better.

2. Integrity Matters: 

Never recommend something you wouldn’t buy yourself. Whether you promote from a blog, email or a website, it has your name on it and you don’t want to promote anything you would not buy or use yourself or something you would not recommend to your mother or your sister. There are plenty of excellent affiliate merchants out there, so you can afford to be very selective.

3.The Niche is Everything: 

You can’t earn money with affiliate marketing if you can’t get traffic to your website or blog. Competition on the Internet is fierce. Someone –or many others cover almost any topic or specialized area you can think of. Some competition is OK. In fact if you pick a niche that has a few competitors, that tells you that the niche is probably viable. But you don’t want to pick a product or a niche that is dominated by large professional affiliate marketers. Some examples of this would include mortgages, credit cards, lawyers, cancer treatments and so on. These areas have affiliate deals that pay huge commissions, but therefore they attract much more competition. You are much better off with a smaller niche. So what’s a small niche? Well one of my in-laws has lived and traveled extensively to Spain. Whereas travel is a huge and highly competitive area, by narrowing it down to one country to write about you would have far less competition. If you really wanted to narrow it further, then you could even specialize in travel to the Costa del Sol region of Spain.

4. Relevance: 

To be a successful affiliate the product you are promoting should be relevant to the content of the site you are promoting from. For example, if you write a blog about Bass fishing then your affiliate links and banners should appeal to bass fishermen. If you have banners for food and wine companies or cruise lines on your bass fishing blog, you may accidently get the occasional click and purchase –but it will be very occasional. Whereas if your links and banners were to a company that sells bass boats, rods and reels and bass fishing guides, they you will see a lot of potential earnings.

5. Avoid Overcrowding:

If success at affiliate marketing could be achieved from throwing up pages of banners - then the world would have lots of millionaires. A site with pages of banners or rows banners stuffed under content has the opposite effect on people. It also has the added bonus of making your site look pretty ugly.

6. A Personal Recommendation Works the Best:

I do use banners on my website and blog and they have their place. But nothing converts to sales better than when I make a personal recommendation. I only do this on products and services that I completely believe in and that I have tried myself. This goes back to the previous tip.

7. Track Results: 

There are literally thousands of merchants with affiliate programs out there. So why would you work with one that isn’t performing? Let me give you an example. I am a big believer in home business owners incorporating their business. So in my books and on my website, I used to recommend Legal Zoom. Two things happened: Sales were slow and after a few months I received a couple of complaints from readers I had referred. Ok – so I looked around and found My Corporation.com. Affiliate commissions from My Corporation.com are running double what I earned from Legal Zoom and I haven’t had any complaints. In fact, a few weeks after recommending them, I got an email from a reader praising them and thanking me for recommending them.

8. Use Multiple Merchants for Your Niche: 

You don’t want to overdo this, but don’t put all your eggs into one basket –or merchant. You can get away with three or four merchants and it is easy to spread these all around your site without overcrowding and pestering your readers with offers.

9. Create Original Content: 

There are a lot of article sites where you can get free content to use on your website or blog. There are free articles out there on almost any topic. But beware. Google looks for duplicate content. If they see an article on your website or blog that is identical to the content on others, they will penalize your site in the search results ranking. So always try for original content.

10. Change is good: 

Search engines are always looking for sites with new or changing content. You can build a static site and load it with content and it will get traffic for a time. But after a while, if Google visits your site and does not see any changes, it will not visit very often and eventually you will rank lower.

If you become good at building niche sites and the search engines find them, you can keep doing it. There are affiliate marketers who have dozens of sites. But once you get to that point, go back to each site at least monthly and add or change some of the content so Google and Yahoo will see your site as a place where readers will see up to date content.

Final Words: 

Well – that is our to 10 tips. I hope they helped you. When selecting affiliate merchants to recommend, think of your website or blog as very expensive real estate. You only have so much room for links and banners, so pick them very carefully and track your results at least monthly. If someone isn’t performing, take a minute to figure out why. Maybe its placement or maybe the merchant just does not do a good job of converting sales. If it’s the former you can experiment with placement. But if it’s the latter you should just move on to someone else. In a book, "How to Make A Living Working From Home" has an excellent section on how to do successful affiliate marketing, as well as instruction and information on five other online businesses you can start and run from home.
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