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Affiliate Getting Started, Series 1: Choosing An Affiliate Network

by Caroline, Name.com Domain Concierge

We’re assuming you already know what an Affiliate is and have a desire to start making money by promoting services/products in your niche on your blog. A quick way for locating Advertisers in your niche is through an Affiliate Network. Affiliate Networks act as intermediaries between you the Affiliate and the Advertiser. Affiliate Networks allow you to compare various offers from Advertisers and you can choose which offers to participate in and promote via your blog.

Soo’85How the heck do you choose an Affiliate Network? We thought http://www.imediaconnection.com/content/4388.asp had a few great suggestions for you to consider when selecting a network. We then took those suggestions with a few of our own and applied them to 3 Affiliate Networks who score pretty high on ranking sites. Check it out…

  • Tracking Methods (can you see real time results, can you customize your data)
  • Payment Methods. How the network pays commissions.
  • Payment Threshold. you have to earn before you are paid. If you are just starting a lower threshold -such as $1.00- will mean you receive money faster depending on payment cycles)
  • Ways to earn money (Type of programs they specialize in-Pay Per Lead, Pay Per Sale, Co-Registraion) If you are new to Affiliate Marketing then a range of ways to earn money gives you a chance to try different methods with your blog readers. See which method works best for your blog then seek advertisers who pay based on that method.
  • Industry Verticals Specific industries the network focuses on (or has success in). Make sure they support the industry you wish to promote.
  • Support/Training. Support provided to you as an Affiliate. Look for training opportunities too with an Affiliate Network. Networks want you to be successful and that starts with your success. You’ll want to make sure the help desks are easy to navigate and support is timely.
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Company

CJ.com

Clickbank.com

LinkShare.com

Tracking Real time tracking real time tracking, options to customize near real-timer reporting, will work with you on customizing
Payment Methods Check, Direct Deposit Check Check, Direct Deposit
Payment Threshold Check $100.00, Direct Deposit $50.00 $100.00 $1.00, however Advertisers can customize the threshold
Ways to Earn Money Advertiser Choice (Possible options: Perecent of sale, Cost per lead, Cost per Click) Percent of Sale Advertiser Choice (Possible options: Perecent of sale, Cost per lead, Cost per Click)
Industry Verticals Finance, Travel, Automotive, Consumer Products, Education, Health and Beauty, Retail, Business, Entertainment, Special Interest Arts & Entertainment, Betting Systems, Business / Investing, Computers / Internet, Cooking, Food & Wine, E-business & E-marketing, Education, Employment & Jobs, Fiction, Games, Green Products, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Languages, Mobile, Parenting & Families, Politics / Current Events, Reference, Self-Help, Software & Services, Spirituality, New Age & Alternative Beliefs, Sports, Travel Auto, Business & Career, Clothing & Accessories, Computer & Electronics, Department Store, Entertainment, Family, Financial Services, Food & Drink, Games & Toys, Gift & Flowers, Health & Beauty, Hobbies & Collectibles, Home & Living, Internet & Online, Mature/Adult, Miscellaneous, Office, Sports & Fitness, Telecommunications, Travel
Support/Training Tips and Training articles and webinars, support ticket support from within account Monday-Friday 7am-6pm Mountainn Time. Blog, PodCast, Webinars, all for ongoing education Email, Help Center, LinkShare University, Blog

Of course these are not the only 3 Affiliate Networks. Try this Google search for researching your own Affiliate Network to join. Best of luck with your Affiliate business!

Name.com Daily Tut: Forwarding your Domain to Sell Your Home

Domain (aka URL or web address) forwarding has got to be the easiest and least expensive way (it comes free with your domain) to market your home. Yesterday we forwarded a domain to someone’s LinkedIn profile to help them get a job. Today we’ll assist home sellers and real estate agents with the same idea. With Name.com, once you buy a domain, one of the many tools available to you is being able to forward it to the website of your choosing.

Remember, if you don’t find the .COM you want, see if you can get the .INFO, .NET, .CO or even .BIZ.

Name.com Daily Tut: How to use URL Forwarding to land a gig

Now this is pretty basic stuff, especially to you Domainers who have more web addresses than socks, but it’s an important reason why everyone should have at least one domain: using it to forward to your online resume. Instead of “Please, please go to Linkedin.com/mynameandsomerandomcharacters and consider me for the postion,” you can say, “I’m glad you hired me after seeing mysimpledomain.com.”

And thanks Chris for letting us use you and your info!

How to Transfer your Domains from GoDaddy to Name.com

Maybe, just maybe, you’re creeped out by Jean-Claude Van Damme. And maybe you’re not so quick to forgive gross Super Bowl commercials and elephant deaths. Maybe you want to transfer your domain to name.com. If that’s the case, here’s a step-by-step guide.

*Transferring a domain is pretty simple, but there’s a lot of back-and-forth between your GoDaddy account, your name.com account, and your email account. It’s a lot easier to explain in a video than in a screenshot tutorial, so you might want to watch our video tutorial first.

**Read this post for information on how to transfer your domain without disrupting your website or email service.

1. Unlock the domain in your GoDaddy account

  • Log in to GoDaddy, navigate to the domains menu, and then click “launch” for the domain you intend to transfer. If you’ve enabled privacy protection for the domain, you’ll need to turn it off before proceeding.

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  • After clicking “Launch,” you’ll be taken to a menu where you can manage settings for that specific domain. Click the “Manage” link in the “Lock” section, and a dialogue box will open.

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  • Switch the lock setting to “Off,” and then click “Save.”

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2. Get an authorization code

  • After unlocking the domain you’ll return to the domain settings page. Scroll to the bottom, click the “Authorization code” link, and then click “Send” to have an authorization code sent to the email address associated with the domain.

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  • You should receive an email containing the authorization code within a few minutes.

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3. Use the name.com domain transfer page to order your transfer

  • Fill in the appropriate fields for the domain name and the authorization code (which you just received via email), and then click the “Add to Cart” button.

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  • You can then click the “Checkout & Complete Transfer” button to proceed to checkout.

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  • Review your order (one year of registration is included in the $8.25 transfer price), and then proceed to the billing page.

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  • All that’s left is to agree to the terms of service (it’ll pop up over the billing page), and then this step is complete.

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4. Approve the domain transfer at name.com

  • Shortly after completing your order at name.com, we’ll send an email that includes a link to your name.com account. Click that link to go to a page where you can approve the domain transfer.

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5. Confirm the domain transfer at GoDaddy.com

  • Once you’ve approved the transfer, you’ll receive an email from GoDaddy (it may take a few hours). It’ll include a link to your GoDaddy account, where you can confirm the transfer.

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  • Clicking that link will take you to the transfers page in your GoDaddy account. Click on your pending transfers, follow the “Accept of decline transfer now” link, and accept the transfer.

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196. Celebrate! Your domain is now safe and sound in your name.com account.

  • The domain should now be listed in the “Your Domain Transfers” page in your name.com account. The transfer will be completed shortly.

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Name.com Daily Tut: Installing and Using Apple iTunes Match

It used to be difficult to pick which person at Name.com was the biggest Apple Fanboy/girl. Then along came Michael and, it’s clear, none of us can compete. He has every gadget and he knows everything about every gadget. That’s a big step, going from wannabe Fanboy/girl to the real deal Fanboy/girl, as many people use only about five percent of their Apple product’s potential. Michael uses it until he’s in sync, as if he embodies its technology. It’s weird, especially when he needs something and uses your face as a touchscreen. But we get many uses from Michael (I’ve heard his computer say his name like that car in Knight Rider) including incredible web design and these useful Apple tutorials.

As you can see it works!