Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Becoming A Successful Affiliate In Niche Markets

Over the past few years, hosting, I mean web hosting, has grown into a big business and the demand is only getting bigger.

Hosting is the business of housing and often managing the infrastructure that runs your web-site or e-business. And it has been around for long enough now that everyone's heard the news that hosting can help you reduce costs while extending your capabilities. Indeed, the trade journals and analysts have all concurred that hosting offers you clear business advantages.

With more and more companies getting into this business and finding the many benefits that it can give them, the demand for web hosting is very large and this has set a trend.

If you go by figures alone, around 38 million people put up their very first websites online in the year 2005 alone. This has nearly doubled the next year and it is estimated that by 2009, the internet sales industry will top the dollar bank.

To top it all most of these sites will likely be offering different kinds of affiliate programs for people to choose and participate in it as well.

This can only mean one thing.

It has become easier now to find the right web host for your application.

The result - the possibility of quality web hosting companies has separated themselves from the rest of the industry. As a result, most of the unprofessional and incompetent ones are closing shop.

People are mainly looking for support, when they choose a web host, and it is obvious that traditional advertising has become less effective. Most people opt for the web host based on things that they see and hear. Besides, the recommendations from those who have tried them and have proved to be a successful are also playing a huge part.

It is obvious that this is a great opportunity for web hosting affiliates and resellers alike. There are hundreds of web hosting and programs to choose from that the difficulty in finding the best or the right one is not a problem anymore.

Now, let’s get down to the problem of how does one become a successful affiliate in the niche markets using web hosting?

If you think about it, everyone who uses or needs a website obviously requires a web hosting company to host that site for them. In many case, people tend to chose hosts based on recommendations from other people or friends. And they usually, tend to get it from the ones that have already availed of a web hosting service.

With the many hosts offering affiliate programs, there is the tendency to find the one which you think will work best for you. Think of the product you will be promoting. Design them to the site and see if they are catering to the same things as you are.

When you have been with one host for quite some time and seem not to be making much despite all your effort, leave that one and look for another. There is no use in trying to stick to one when you would be before off in another one. Things will only have to get better from there because you already have been in worst situations.

Try this out. If you are quite happy and satisfied with your web host, try to see if they are offering an affiliate program you can participate on. Instead of you paying them, why not make it the other way around; them paying you. The process can be as easy as putting a small “powered by” or “hosted by” link at the bottom of your page and you are already in an affiliate business.

Why choose paying for your for your web hosting when you do not have to? Try to get paid by letting people know you like your web host.

Always remember that when choosing a web host, choose the one that is known for its fantastic customer support. There are also many hosting affiliate programs. Residual affiliate program is also being hosted. This is the program wherein you get paid a percentage every month for a client that you refer. This can allow you to have a steady source of income. With perseverance, you can even be quite successful in this field.

There are a lot of niche markets out there just waiting for the right affiliate to penetrate to them and make that dollars dream come true. The secret is knowing which one of the market to get into and also being confident enough of your potentials and the good results you will be getting.

Web hosting is just one affiliate market you could try out and make some good and continuous income. Just remember that to be successful in this market means that time, effort and patience is needed.

Nobody has invented a perfect affiliate market yet.

But some people do know how to make it big in any kind of a niche market.

What matters is knowing your kind of market and making the earnings there.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

How To Increase Website Traffic

There is one hard and fast rule in generating income for your website and that is by having a steady flow of website traffic.

If no one goes to your site, it hardly has a chance of generating any income.

Many sites have tried and failed in doing so, and these results to the end of those sites. It takes money to maintain an income generating site. In short, it takes money to make money.

BUT, it doesn’t take a whole caboodle of cash to generate website traffic for your site.

Ever wonder how does big hit sites drive traffic top their site?

Most of them are spending tons of money to drive the traffic to their sites, investing in many advertising campaigns and different forms of marketing schemes and gimmickries. This is all worthwhile because, well, they are what they are now, high earning, big hitting websites.

You don’t have to do this if you don’t really have their resources.

There are many ways to generate low cost website traffic without having to spend what you don’t have or can’t afford. Many people have banked on high cost methods and have ended up losing their shirt over it.

Mentioned here are some of the better methods to generate low cost website traffic that could help your site a whole lot. Even if you only get a small percentage of successful visitors in to client ratio it still works especially if you get a high number of website traffic.

Exchange Links

This is a sure and proven method. Rarely would you see a site where there is no link to another site. Many webmasters are willing to exchange links with one another so that they could produce more public awareness about their sites. You’ll soon see and feel the sudden upsurge of the traffic coming in to your site from other sites.

A major prerequisite in exchanging links with other sites is having the same niche or content as the other site. They should share a common subject so that there is continuity in the providing of service and information to what interests your target traffic.

Exchanging links also boosts your chances of getting a high ranking in search engine results. It is common knowledge that search engines ranks high sites that have inbound and outbound theme-related links. With a good ranking position in the search engines, you will generate more traffic in your website without the high costs.

Traffic Exchange

This is like exchanging links but on a different higher level. This may cost a bit more than exchanging or trading links but could be made cheaper because you get to earn credits. You can use those credits when viewing others traffic, while you earn credits when someone views yours.

Traffic exchange services are the viewing of another’s site or page. This is done vice versa where a site can use your sites contents and so can you to his or her site. You both benefit from each others efforts to generate traffic. The other sites visitors can go to your pages and know more about your site as well as theirs. Once again the public awareness of your sites existence is boosted.

Write and Submit Articles

There are many e-zines and online encyclopedias in the internet which provides free space for articles to be submitted. If you want to save costs, you can do the articles yourself. There are many freelance writers who are willing to write for you for a small fee, but to save money, it is wise to do those articles yourself.

Write articles that are themed along with the niche of your site. Write something that you have expertise on so that when they read it, they can feel your knowledge about the subject and will be eager to go to your site. Write articles that produce tips and guidelines to the subject or niche your site has.

Include a resource box at the end of your article that can link them to your site. Write a little about yourself and your site. If you provide a light, information-laden and interesting article, they will go to your site for more.

Make a Newsletter

This may sound like hard work because of all the articles you may need to use to build a newsletter but on the contrary, this is not so. There are many writers and sites that are willing to provide free articles as long as they can get their name in on your newsletter. This will also provide free advertising for them as well.

As your newsletter gets pass around, you can widen your public awareness and build an opt-in list that can regularly visit your site.

Join Online Communities and Forums

This only requires your time and nothing else. You can share your knowledge and expertise with many online communities as well as your website. You can get free advertising when you go to forums that have the same subject or niche with your site.

Share your two cents and let them see how knowledgeable you are with the subject.

As you build your reputation, you also build the reputation of your site, making it a reputable and honest business that could be frequented and trusted by many people and as a result – a steady increase in website traffic as well.