19
Apr

Webmaster-Talk.com Forums – Learn And Earn

Join Webmaster Talk ForumsProbably one of the better places to learn about how to operate a business online is by getting involved in the major forums. It’s a great way to meet people involved in like minded niches and interests that you may have and to pick their brains on a vast array of subjects ranging from how to make money online, to how to design and code your website, to SEO, to web hosting and the list of subjects goes on.

There are plenty of forums around and you can get overwhelmed with being too involved in them instead of working on your sites. However, I’ve discovered one lately that I really like and will be using on a regular basis. Webmaster-Talk.com is another forum that I didn’t even know about until just a week ago or so. Somehow I keep missing sites like this with tons of active members and lots of valuable information, but you shouldn’t miss this one.

No matter what you do online, if it involves putting together web sites or making money, Webmaster Talk has a thread about it. Their main sections include:

Coding Talk
Web Design and Graphics
Web Administration
Websites and Search Engines
Internet Marketing and Business
Making Money Online
Marketplace
Community Talk
and more.

Of course each section has multiple sub-sections and covers nearly any topic you can think of. And with more than 56,000 members and 129,000 threads, there’s a huge repository of information there. You will also want to add to the conversation to return the favor and pay it forward when you get a nice tip on something you’ve been trying to figure out.

I like to use forums to learn what other people are doing to succeed online and to carry on short conversations directly involved in the niche I’m interested in. What I don’t use forums for is just to carry on long involved conversations that don’t in the end matter to either helping someone succeed or learning something I didn’t already know. If you want to succeed online, you have to be careful that you aren’t wasting time with unproductive bantering just to be “involved.”

Webmaster-Talk.com can certainly help you learn the ins and outs of succeeding online. Also, check out their contest while you are there for your chance to win some of the $25,000 worth of prizes being given away.

You can join Webmaster Talk here.

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3
Apr

March 2008 Affiliate Income Report

It’s time for another affiliate income report and earnings for March were up about 12% from February. It’s always good to see an increase and it is somewhat better than I had expected. We sold a record number of our Vegan Meal Planners in March and I saw an increase in both ClickBank income and AzoogleAds income. I also saw a nice payoff from the final tally at the Microsoft Adcenter program that was previously unreported. I had 3 more customers confirm their accounts from previous months and that earned a nice $105 check. However, Microsoft has since dropped that program even though I acquired 10 customers for them in about 1 month. That was probably the quickest program to both earn money and then be dropped that I’ve ever been involved in.

Total March affiliate earnings came in at $2,811.93 and after advertising and minor expenses, net revenue was $2,746.44 for the month. Total income for Affiliate Confession only was $247.44. The breakdown is as follows:

Google Adsense – $1,309.20
Commission Junction – $511.56
Meal Planner Ebook – $187.00
TripAdvisor – $152.86
Auction Ads – $94.62
Azoogle Ads – $110.00
Clickbank – $241.98
Microsoft Affiliate – $105.00
Private Advertising – $70.00
Other Affiliate Programs – $29.71

Total Revenue – $2,811.93

Advertising & Expenses – $65.49

Total Income – $2,746.44

The best single earning affiliate program for me, aside from Google Adsense, has been the eBay Affiliate Program which is now the eBay Partner Network. By utilizing Build A Niche Store I earned $368.62 from eBay last month. It will certainly be interesting to see how things work out since eBay has taken over the management of their affiliate program. I have personally never had issues with CJ, but some affiliates report they have had significant tracking problems and are glad to see eBay make this switch. I’m looking forward to working directly with eBay though and seeing how things turn out.

With a total of 10 BANS stores up and running, 3 just getting established and learning all I can through 3 months of Aaron Wall’s SEO Training that I won in a blog contest, April should be a good month.

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