Affiliate marketing strategy.
Contextual & Non contextual advertising.
How to make money using Affiliate PPL, PPS, PPC
Contextual & Non contextual advertising
So what are your options?
Pay per lead (PPL)
Here are a few Affiliate marketing strategy ideas to help you decide which one might best suit your site.
Pay per lead (PPL).
What is Pay per lead, (PPL)?
Pay per lead is a form of monetisation that involves placing a form or file download within your content. Visitors are encouraged to fill out the form or register for a product such as a file or a download. On completion and submission of the form, you will receive an agreed payment. The same applies if they download a file. Payment, of course, will be subject to the respective company and in line with their affiliate terms of the agreement. If the visitor does not sign up or download a product you will not be paid. Having tried this method several times on a few of my pages I saw no returns. That doesn't, however, mean it won't work for you.
If your site already offers file downloads, then based on how well the PPL is placed you may get results.
Pay Per Lead affiliate programs are many and varied so you will have to do the research. Once you have found some that you feel are a good match to your affiliate marketing strategy you will need to apply to join the program. If accepted you are good to go and can start adding downloads to your content.
Pay per sale (PPS)
What is Pay per sale (PPS)?
Pay per sale also referred to as cost per sale (CPS) is a way of earning money by selling products for third parties. Earnings are based on the total number of sales generated by an advert or link that you place within the content of your site. It is basically commission, based on an agreed percentage cut of the sale price of a product. For example, if you sell a product for £100.00 and the agreed commission percentage is 5% you will receive £5.00. The Commission you receive is based on the type of products that you are selling. This is normally set out once you have joined an affiliate program. It can increase relative to the volume of sales, also known as conversions that you make. One of the best-known Pay per sale sites and my favourite is Amazon.
Pay per click (PPC)
What is Pay per click (PPC)?
One of the most well-known PPC schemes and probably most popular affiliate-marketing-strategy is, of course, Googles AdWords. What does pay per click mean? PPC means that for any traffic you can direct to an advertisers products via a banner or text link within your content you will receive a fixed payment. For example, If you are getting a penny per click, which doesn't seem like much I know, you'll soon be surprised how quick the pennies turn into pounds if you have great content and high traffic stats.
Contextual advertising affiliate marketing strategy
What is contextual advertising?
Contextual advertising is another popular affiliate marketing strategy. It is a form of advertising based on targeted ads that are placed within the site's content. Ads are chosen and served automatically based on the keyword content of the page they are being served on. See also. Contextual advertising
For this affiliate-marketing-strategy experiment, I used a few ad serving companies to serve contextual ads to my web pages.
My Contextual advertising choices are:
1: Google AdSense.
Googles Adsense is probably the most well known contextual ad serving company on the web.
It is a free program that allows online publishers to earn revenue by displaying relevant ads on a wide variety of online content. Applying for the program is simple and once you have been accepted into it you can start building text and display ads of various sizes to place within your content. The asynchronous codes are pre-prepared ready to be copied and pasted straight into your code editor. Google also now provide responsive mobile friendly customisable ads that can be customised to suit your site's appearance. You are also able to see how your ads are performing and run experiments. You can set up custom channels which can be advertised to potential customers in your editing suite adding the potential to increase your income further. Google also provide detailed performance reports allowing you to keep track of your advertising strategies.
Since writing this article Google has increased their advertising strategy and are now providing responsive auto ads. Auto ads are served as Vignette ads, Anchor ads, Text & display ads, In-article ads, In-feed ads and Matched content ads. To implement Auto ads simply place the pre-prepared Auto ads code inside the /head tag. Having now implemented Googles Auto ads I have seen improvements in my income.
For more information on Google Adsense follow this link.
Google has very strict policies as to the type of web content that they will allow you to display their AdSense units within so be sure to thoroughly read their terms and conditions and also check within their forum if you are unsure about the suitability of your site content. Over the years running this experiment, I have found that the revenue I have earned from Adsense alone has been enough to cover the cost of running my site. I am still however constantly making small changes here and there to try to increase its earning potential.
Adsense is a fast and easy way for website publishers of all sizes to display relevant Google ads within their content and earn money. As the ads are related to what your visitors are looking for on your site & matched to the characteristics and interests of them you will finally have a way to both monetize and enhance your content. It is also a way for website publishers to provide Google web and site search to their visitors, and earn money by displaying relevant Google ads on the search results pages.
my next choice is Infolinks.
Infolinks is the next generation of In-Text advertising. After an effortless integration process, Infolinks intelligently scans your web pages using their dynamic proprietary algorithm and converts carefully selected keywords into cost-per-click (CPC) In-Text ads. Then, Infolinks automatically inserts highly relevant In-Text ads into your website’s content, leading to record high conversion rates.
Each time your website visitors click on an In-Text advert you get paid. They seek the advertisers and you get the revenues. They also make sure you keep most of it with the industry’s highest revenue share offer. You can see Infolinks in-text links within the text of this web page, they are the words that are double underlined.
How do I get paid :
Infolinks offers several convenient ways for publishers to receive payments. You can choose to be paid via:
PayPal, Bank Wire Transfer, eCheck, Western Union, ACH (only for U.S. bank accounts) or Payoneer. Get your Infolinks Prepaid Mastercard® or use Payoneer for a local bank transfer.
Once your publisher account reaches the minimum payment threshold which is $50.00 USD for receiving payments via PayPal, Echeck or ACH (only for U.S. bank accounts) and also for Payoneer you must have a minimum of $50.00 USD in your infolinks account. For payments, via Bank wire transfer or Western Union, the payment threshold is $100.00 USD.
If you choose to receive your Infolinks payment via Paypal, there is a $1 fee for US residents and a 2% fee up to $10 for all other publishers. The minimum payment threshold is $50. Additional conversion fees may be charged by PayPal. They will automatically send your payment to your preferred payment method.
Adding Infolinks to your content.
I have been using infolinks for a few years now but I am always experimenting with their advertising options. Overall I have found Infolinks to be beneficial to my sites earning potential. Having developed and tweaked my site more I have started to gain more revenue so I would recommend them. The income isn't huge but every penny adds up. InfoLinks is a good option if your website has content that you are unable to use standard contextual advertising on.
To create an Infolinks account and start earning from your web page content click here. or click on the Info links banner.
3: Speedy ads. PPC advertising.
Entireweb.com offer a similar PPC advertising system to Google Adsense which they have named Speedy Ads. You will first need to set up an account. Once you have created your free speedy ads account you will be able to create customised Pay Per Click adverts similar to those available with Google's AdSense. You will then be able to place the ads within the content of your web pages.
Before continuing I should mention that in my experience Speedy ads advertise a lot of adult orientated content. There are adverts for models, escorts and webcam girls along with Money making schemes and random non-specific content. Based on that as an affiliate-marketing-strategy, I would not advise these type of adverts for family orientated sites unless your site is aimed at a specific audience. Since first writing this article and upon re-creating the demonstration ad above I noticed that there is now a Blocking of offensive ads: button, that can be set to on or off. Be sure to set it to your prefered setting. If it works or not we shall have to wait and see.
Entireweb has an easy to use get ad code system with preformatted adverts that can be customised and edited to suit the layout of your site. They also have an overview page which you can use to generate detailed online reports. These include the number of page impressions, clicks, click-through rate, which country each impression and click originates from and the total amount you've earned.
Be aware that other PPC companies may not like you placing similar style competing for ads on the same pages as theirs. Always check their Terms and Conditions" first or you could be banned and lose any revenue that you may have already earned from your contextual adverts.
When first writing this article Speedy ads ad code did not appear to be asynchronous which could slow down your page load times. This means that you made need to create your own protocols for loading these ads Having checked recently I believe that this is still the case. Also I cannot see if they are responsive so you may need to set up your own protocols to use them on mobile devices.
Another set back of Speedy ads is that they seem to have a very low pay per click rate. If they have upped their prices I do not know so you will need to check. Having used Speedyads for many years I found that I could not earn enough to reach their minimum payment threshold. Personally, I would not recommend Speedyads based on this, plus the type of ad content that was displayed on my pages. Since first writing this article I have stopped using speedy ads.
How do I get paid?
Speedyads pay monthly via PayPal assuming you have reached the minimum payment threshold of $25.00 USD. Which as I stated I found very hard to do. If you do mage to earn you have the option to transfer the money to a speedy ads advertisers account if you have one.
To create a Speedy Ads account Click here.
Effective from 29th April 2019 Chitika no longer exist.
Chitika is the only ad-network which knows when not to show an ad. It offers search targeted, mobile and local ads to enable you to best target your users helping to preserve your user experience. A wide variety of ads can be created using their easy to use ad set up which gives you a choice of the type of ad you want to create, be it a text ad, List unit, Mobile or Map. Chitika enables you to enter the code generator, select the type of ad format you wish to place and then create a wide range of ad types to place on your web pages.
Can I use them alongside Adsense?
Chitika ads can be used as a great alternative to Adsense or can be used alongside Adsense as they are non-contextual and do not look like AdSense units. This means they can also be used on pages that feature other similar contextual advertising ad units.
Like AdSense, they have an ad filtering system which means certain keywords or regexes can be blocked. This will ensure that unwanted advertising does not appear within your page content.
You are also able to customise your ad units to match the design of your site which means that they can be seamlessly integrated into your page content. They can also be used with WordPress, Blogger and Drupal. As demonstrated by the 468 x 60 mini blogger banner below.
Chitika advertising is no longer available effective 29th April 2019.
How do I get paid?
At the end of every month, you are paid based on the previous month's earnings (Net 30). Payments are sent after your account earns a minimum of $10.00 (USD) per month which is one, if not the lowest minimum payout thresholds I have come across. Payments are made via PayPal but if you require your payment to be via check the minimum amount for payouts is $50.00 (USD).
I have been using Chitika ads on only a few of my pages where Google policies state that I cannot use Adsense. I have found them to be a reasonable source of extra income for the number of ads I have placed within my sight. When I first used Chitika I found the ad codes where long and non-asynchronous which slowed page load times. This did put me off using them on all of my pages. However, this has now been rectified and async codes are provided.
Would I use them exclusively?
I have thought about using Chitika as an alternative to Adsense as Adsense has a much higher payment threshold. It has crossed my mind that if I placed them on all of my pages they be as good as Adsense and other forms of contextual and non-contextual advertising. Who knows perhaps one day I may experiment further and find out.
To create a Chitika account Click here