- Just go to http://www.addthis.com. Register for an account.
- Go to Settings and then Share Settings. Select all the social media pages you want displayed on your share button bar.
- Next, go to the "Get The Code" page and select Smart Layers. Click on the 'Generate Code' button and paste the code into your code on the pages you want it to display between the <body> and </body> tags.
- OR (if you have a specific blogging platform.... Go to the "Get The Code" page and select Share Buttons. In the left column you will be given all kind of options to choose from. If you are using something like WordPress, Blogger, TypePad or others for your blog you may even be able to integrate it right from there with step by step instructions. Otherwise, just choose how you want your buttons to display, click on the 'Grab it' button in the right column and paste the code into your code on the pages you want it to display between the <body> and </body> tags.
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1. An affiliate program is an automated advertising campaign.
Affiliate tracking software is the perfect marketing tool because you literally implement an automated advertising campaign that will promote your product or service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And, it's all done automatically!
Affiliate registrations and sales reports are processed automatically. Visitors and sales are tracked automatically. All you have to do is recruit new affiliates, train them, and pay them at the end of the month. It doesn't get any easier than that!
2. You don't pay money until you make money.
This is the absolute best part of having an affiliate program. Your marketing force promotes your site for free and you don't pay them a dime until they generate a sale for you. It's like having hundreds of sales reps working on straight commission except you don't have to go through the hiring process.
You can use affiliate tracking software to get hundreds, even thousands of people to promote your product or service for free and increase your sales exponentially. There is absolutely no better way to promote your product or service online.
3. You get fringe benefits.
There's another unnoticed benefit of starting an affiliate program. Even if visitors don't purchase your product, there's a good chance that they will subscribe to your e-zine or bookmark your site. You only pay your affiliates when you make money. Until then, you are getting loads of traffic absolutely free! That's what's so great about an affiliate program.
4. You won't ever have to buy advertising that doesn't work.
Let your affiliates test the waters for you. You write ads, they place them in various places on the Internet, and you measure the results. If your ads don't work, you lose nothing, and you can improve and test them for free until they do work. You can test various banner ads and sales copy without fear of losing advertising dollars. You only pay commission to your affiliates if they sell your product.
5. It's the ultimate viral marketing strategy.
Viral marketing is power. Remember the old Pert commercial? And they told two friends... If you start a two-tier program, your affiliates earn money on affiliates who sign up under them. This encourages your "automatic sales reps" to recruit more affiliates. Thus, creating a viral marketing strategy with unlimited growth potential!
*6. You get better search engine placement.
Link popularity plays a huge role in the ranking of your site on the major search engines.
The more sites that point to your domain, the higher your position will be. And, there is no better way to get hundreds of sites to link to yours than by starting your own affiliate program.
Article above written by June Yeap.
*I would add to #6 that you do need to try to have some kind of relevant connection as to why your links would be on someone else's site. Just having your link on random sites does not really help your search engine optimization, especially with all the changes in algorithm Google has made in the last year. But, the traffic it may generate to your website may outweigh that fact for you.
I have vetted the affiliate program yoursoft-tm in my search for affordable affiliate software. I have found it to do what I needed; track clicks and sales well and to be extremely affordable by comparison to other software. You simply can not lose with an affiliate program because you invest nothing up front except the cost of the software. You don't have to pay for advertising unless you make money first!
Thanks to http://b4bconnect.com/forum/topics/infographic-when-email-is-more-important-than-social-media?
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One of my favorite movies growing up was 'The Princess Bride.' Strange as it may be, my favorite scene was with Carol Kane and Billy Crystal where they found Wesley was only mostly dead. I get a good chuckle when Valerie runs around the cottage screaming, "Humperdink!," at her husband.
I find myself recalling the movie more and more because I hear myself repeating that scene with new clients when they come to me with search engine listings that are mostly dead - only I am saying, "hyperlinks, hyperlinks, hyperlinks!" When I do analysis, one of the things I find over and over is that hyperlinks are not being used to their full potential.
So here it is! Your guide to hyperlinks...
1. Put Hyperlinks In Profiles
Make sure any descriptions on high profile sites such as business listings, guest blogs, and YouTube have a working hyperlink to your website. You can't assume that just typing www.mywebsite.com is enough. Check, and if you aren't taken anywhere when you click on your website address, go back and add an http:// in front of it.
If you don't do this you are not only losing hits on your own website from the exposure of being on listed on a high profile site, but the SEO benefit of having your link associated with that same high search engine ranked site.
2. Don't Forget Your YouTube Videos
Make sure you take advantage of the text box under your video to support your visual content with keyword rich descriptions. Always use an http:// hyperlink - it won't work otherwise.
Why bother? Even if your website address is in the video?
Because people are not likely to copy and paste or remember your website address if they have to. If your website is just a click away, you have a real shot at a visit on your website from your YouTube video. The same principle applies to any video publishing site.
3. How To Make A Hyperlink In A Website Editor
Let's get down to basics.
If you are adding a description in an HTML editor about your business/website or appropriately sharing your link in a string or blog comment there will most often be a button that looks like an infinity sign.
4. Hyperlink HTML
If you don't have a hyperlink button to use while in an HTML editor, you can use HTML code to create a hyperlink for text or a website address.
<a href="http://www.yourwebsite.com">text or website address</a>
I want the word service to link to my services page on my website, the HTML code would go like this:
Please remember these hyperlink tips, because I sure don't want to turn into Valerie! ... and if you do, you can get the most out of your online presence.
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There is a trend I have noticed emerging from social media for service businesses: we are giving too much information away for free. We lull ourselves into giving away services and expertise that we should be charging for. Before we know it, no one wants to pay for what we have to offer.
Does this sound familiar? You try to gain attention to your business by running a smart campaign where you offer a sampling of your service for free - maybe it’s a free consultation or download - and the people who take you up on your offer enjoy it, but never come back for the paid service. Why?
Maybe they have gone on to someone similar to you for another free sampling? Maybe they feel they got exactly what they needed from the initial free service.
Maybe people have now come to expect to get something for nothing.
There is psychology involved in this. You have heard the saying “you get what you pay for”? What do you think people perceive they are getting when it is free? I think most of us assume that something that costs more must be worth more – we attribute expertise we may not even know about to the person who is charging higher than the other. This is a psychological effect called prestige pricing, which points to a strong correlation between perceived product quality and price. The higher the price the more likely customers are to perceive it has higher quality compared to a lower-priced product. According to psychologist Dr. Peter Shallard, “Being expensive cultivates an aura of expert and elite status”… “setting your price is the psychological equivalent of setting the value of YOU. Your life, your work, that thing you’ve poured your energy and soul into.” He recommends you ask customers who don’t want to pay your set value what they are comparing your price to; you and they may find it is not apples to apples. When Shallard first asked this question he found out his life-changing services were being compared to piano lessons!
Doing a study on cognitive biases can be very enlightening for an entrepreneur.
But with a tough economy people have been forced to settle for less and to become used to it. And maybe we have convinced ourselves we are worth less in the process. So if you are going to offer something for free or discounted, what should you do?
If you don't want to believe the psychologists, why not listen to conventional wisdom? This is just one more example of my belief that SEO and Online Marketing rules are like dating ... what is it your mother always told you about why buy the cow and giving away its milk?
Is this just a social media problem?
Was this caused by social media and or the economy?
What are your thoughts?
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Remembering what Mama always said...