Firefox – Don’t Eat Everyone’s Affiliate Cookies

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 at 7:38am by Linda Buquet

There is an issue brewing that should be of concern to all affiliate marketers.

Firefox announced earlier in the year that they would start blocking cookies from third-party ad networks by default. That means network affiliate cookies would be blocked as well.

WebGains posted about it, the end of May and then Shawn Collins just wrote about it as well. So I wanted to share their posts to ensure everyone knows the pending situation.

Shawn writes:

Webgains Addresses Firefox Plan to Block Third Party Cookies

Earlier this year Firefox announced that they would start blocking cookies from third-party ad networks by default.

Firefox and cookiesThe update to the FireFox browser will allow sites that you’ve visited (first parties) to set cookies on your system, but it will block cookies from third parties, such as advertising networks, unless they already have a cookie on your machine.

Originally scheduled to take effect in Firefox 22, which will be released in June 2013, the change has been delayed, but it’s still something that affiliate marketers need to keep an eye on.

Click the link above to read the rest. And below is a link to the WebGains post.

Webgains responds to Firefox 22 and Third Party Cookie Blocking

You may be aware that Firefox 22, that is due for release in June 2013, was planning to block third party cookies by default. Third party cookies are those set by a different domain to the one that the user is visiting at the time and have a range of applications including including analytics solutions.

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Rejuvenate your Affiliate Program for Q 1

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 at 1:06pm by Linda Buquet

Our client and favorite affiliate network, Share Results, has a good post I wanted to share.

They offer tips for rejuvenating your affiliate program including: performing benchmarking analysis, motivating affiliates and doing a program audit.

Rejuvenate your Affiliate Program | Share Results

Has your affiliate program got you down? Do you feel like it’s in a rut? With 2013 just beginning, now is the time to jumpstart your program, and you can work to boost overall performance throughout the year!

So how do you rejuvenate your program? By starting fresh. A great way to wipe the slate clean is to assess your program’s current standing, making changes based on an evaluation. This can easily be accomplished with benchmarking.

Top 30 Affiliate Marketing Blogs to Watch in 2013

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 at 7:44am by Linda Buquet

If you want to stay on top of the ever changing world of affiliate marketing, you need to keep a watchful eye on the top affiliate blogs. The Twist Directory just put out a great list of the top 30 affiliate blogs.

Considering I have not been blogging much lately I was surprised we made the list and came out in the #13 spot. Thanks! Check the rest and be sure you are subscribed to all the RSS feeds.

The Top 30 Affiliate Marketing Blogs to Keep an Eye On in 2013

Thanks again to the Twist Directory.

Happy New Year from 5 Star Affiliate Programs

Monday, December 31st, 2012 at 1:19pm by Linda Buquet

2012 zipped by and 2013 is already here. It’s really true that the older you get the faster time flies. So I hope you make every minute count this year and that you reach new levels of success and prosperity in 2013.

On behalf of all the 5 Star Merchants and Affiliate Managers

Happy New Year!

Thanks for your partnership and support over the past year.
We wish you all a profitable and successful 2013.

Affiliate Network To Fork Over $2 Million to FTC for Acai Ads

Monday, November 26th, 2012 at 10:42am by Linda Buquet

Wanted to send along another warning to affiliates to be careful who you partner with AND be careful how you promote affiliate products. There was a big rash of FTC crackdowns a couple years ago on Acai affiliates, many of whom were using those fake news sites to pitch products. Evidently all those busts didn’t quash all the bad players and recently Clickbooth, one of the biggest affiliate networks, appears to have gotten caught in the FTC’s cross hairs.

Marketers Behind Fake News Sites Settle FTC Charges of Deceptive Advertising – FTC News Release

Affiliate Network to Pay $2 Million for Allegedly Using Deceptive Claims to Sell Acai Berry Weight-Loss Products and Colon Cleansers

According to the complaint, Sarasota, Florida-based Clickbooth has been paid by merchants since 2008 to market supposed weight-loss products to consumers, and recruited a network of affiliate marketers who deceptively advertised those products. The complaint also alleges that the defendants prepared and designed websites for Central Coast Nutraceuticals, a merchant that agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle FTC charges of deceptive advertising and unfair billing related to the sale of weight loss and colon cleanse products.

The FTC alleges that the defendants recruited affiliate marketers to advertise the merchants’ so-called weight loss products online. Clickbooth then monitored the ads that its affiliates used, suggested certain claims for the affiliates to make, and even designed some websites for the affiliates to use, according to the complaint.

The Attitude of Gratitude – Happy THANKSgiving from 5 Star

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 at 8:09am by Linda Buquet

It’s easy with the busy online lives we lead to take things for granted – yet by remembering to give thanks for all we have, we can attract even more abundance into our lives. So remember to take time out of all the turkey day festivities this year to give thanks for the many blessings in your life.

I’m extremely thankful for having the opportunity to run my own business and for this wonderful industry we call affiliate marketing. I’m also thankful for all my great 5 Star clients, blog readers, forum members and amazing forum administrator David (minstrel).

I sincerely wish all 5 Star readers and your families the best Thanksgiving ever!

The Attitude of Gratitude
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melodie Beattie

Ramp up for Holiday Affiliate Sales – Shopping Insights from Google

Thursday, October 25th, 2012 at 1:11pm by Linda Buquet

Here is an in-depth study from Google about WHAT people are going to be shopping for this season along with insights about HOW they will be purchasing.

Holiday Consumer Intentions 2012 | Think with Google

“Today, people no longer see a line between online and offline shopping, and neither do smart retailers. This year online and offline shopping experiences are more seamless than ever – across pricing, functionality, promotions – making this the first “Nonline” holiday season. We partnered with Ipsos to uncover consumer shopping behaviors that advertisers can expect for holiday 2012:”

Google Updates Webmaster Guidelines for Affiliates – Here’s What Changed

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 11:38am by Linda Buquet

Google just updated their Webmaster Guidelines. So I went to see what has changed in the guidelines for Affiliates. I also rushed out and grabbed a copy of the old Guidelines from Google cache, so we can compare the old with the new. And below for your viewing pleasure are both!

The most noteworthy change I highlighted in bold below. In simple terms Google changed the tone from “affiliate sites are just totally bad” to a more positive tone and highlights what makes a “Good” affiliate site.

NEW Webmaster Guidelines for Affilates – 10/2/2012

Our Webmaster Guidelines advise you to create websites with original content that adds value for users. This is particularly important for sites that participate in affiliate programs. Typically, affiliate websites feature product descriptions that appear on sites across that affiliate network. As a result, sites featuring mainly content from affiliate networks can suffer in Google’s search rankings, because they do not have enough unique content that differentiates them from other sites on the web.

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Get Wise Affiliate Marketing – It’s Google’s Way or the Highway

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at 10:43am by Linda Buquet

Google controls so much of the Internet marketing ecosystem. Like it or not, affiliates have to play Google’s way or it’s the highway.

I recently had an affiliate program manager contact me to say they needed to cancel their 5 Star affiliate promotion campaign and close their affiliate program because their affiliates were hit so hard by Panda. So there is a trickle down affect to Google’s actions and it affects everyone, even me.

So I thought I’d share a couple recent articles that may be helpful in learning to play the game Google’s way.

GET WISE: Google’s Requirements For Affiliates Part 1
(From RevenueWire – a 5 Star Affiliate Program)

Google has so many rules and requirements for running a compliant website that even the most seasoned affiliates can get confused.

So, to help you understand what you need to do to make your website is fully compliant, we’ve identified Google’s main requirements and written a short description of each…

Ok, so that about covers it for Part 1. Stay tuned for part 2 where we’ll cover Google’s website transparency and privacy requirements.

Google Panda 3.9: What Does it Mean for Affiliates?
(From RevenueWire – a 5 Star Affiliate Program)

While Google has so far been tight-lipped about exactly what changes Panda 3.9 will bring, the fact that its tweet announcing the update included a link to its guidelines for building a high-quality website gives us a clue that the changes will target one or more of these website-quality issues.

This is the perfect reminder that every affiliate needs to follow these rules to the letter when designing an affiliate website or campaign. Please review and refresh your memory regarding the Google-endorsed best-practices these guidelines describe.

Google Affiliate Network Launches New Recommendation Engine

Thursday, August 9th, 2012 at 9:47am by Linda Buquet

Yesterday Google released a completely new recommendation engine that redefines how both affiliates and merchants can find and take advantage of affiliate marketing opportunities. Below are a few highlights from the announcement.

Recommending the most relevant advertisers, publishers, and links

Publishers can find advertiser recommendations under the Advertisers > Recommended advertisers sub-tab. This is where they can find a list of available programs ranked based on relevancy and predicted performance. Each recommendation also shows why the recommendation was made, along with an estimate of earnings potential for that advertiser…

Advertisers can now see publisher recommendations, too. Using the recommendation engine, the Publishers > Recommended publishers sub-tab shows a list of publishers that Google algorithms recommend as a good fit based on similar categories and revenue potential…

We’ve also brought the power of recommendations to the Links tab to help publishers find and promote the most relevant ads with the highest performance potential…

Important Google Video – Insights and Tips about Affiliate Marketing At Google I/O Seminar

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 at 8:56am by Linda Buquet

Google Teaches Affiliate Marketing Strategies! Want to learn the best tactics and latest tips about affiliate marketing? Here is some great info direct from Google about the affiliate channel and how it can be used to drive more affiliate sales.

Some people say Google hates affiliates, but they don’t. Google just hates THIN affiliate sites. So here, direct from the horse’s mouth, are some insights about how do to affiliate marketing right. NOTE: much of this is about the Google Affiliate Network, but applies to other networks & affiliate marketing in general.

Includes some basics and also goes into higher level stuff like APIS, how network links are constructed and how tracking and cookies work.

Google I/O 2012 – Automating Affiliate Links to Monetize Your Web Site

Published on Jul 2, 2012 by GoogleDevelopers – Ali Pasha, Shaun Cox

Some of the most profitable web sites on the web use affiliate links to both drive traffic and monetize their existing traffic. This talk will walk you through how to automate most of your existing processes using the Google Affiliate Network, similar to how other larger websites do this today.

More recent insights from Google about Affiliate Marketing

Here’s What Google’s Matt Cutts Says About Affiliate Links And Nofollow

Affiliate Links On Your Site? Does It Hurt Your Google Ranking?

Monetizing Online Forums

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 at 8:16am by Linda Buquet

Patrick O’Keefe, the founder of the iFroggy network and forum admin expert, just released a great new tool for website and forum owners. The book, called ‘Monetizing Online Forums’ is the most in-depth source of information on generating revenue from online forums to date. The book just launched and is available for free at MonetizingOnlineForums.com.

The book O’Keefe wrote focuses on monetizing forums the right way; its not about trying to wrangle every last cent from it. The forum community makes forum monetization more sensitive to aggressive advertising or marketing campaigns to generate revenue from the site. That is precisely why O’Keefe’s book centers on the right way to become financially stable as a forum, and not on maximizing profits.

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Change your Affiliate Attitude AND Your Affiliate Site Architecture to Survive in a Google World

Friday, June 22nd, 2012 at 9:09am by Linda Buquet

Really great insights and tips about how affiliates need to change, adapt or die in the new world of Google Penguin, Panda and all the other updates. This video and the blog post below it are as much about the attitude adjustments affiliates need to make, as it is about the site structure changes that are needed. Lots of meat – well worth a watch and a read!

New Rules of (Affiliate) site architecture
Martin McDonald at A4U Interviewed by Bas van den Beld

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Major CPA Affiliate Networks Crashing and Burning – Here are some Reasons Why

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 at 12:25pm by Linda Buquet

I have not been following the CPA space too closely lately, but I guess lots of major CPA affiliate networks have gone under including COPEAC and Adteractive and Neverblue’s parent company reportedly went bankrupt too.

And now, in the latest news, it sounds like Epic Direct, formerly known as Azoogle is going down too. I did advertising for Azoogle for a couple years and they used to be one of the largest networks. COPEAC was pretty big too.

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Google Just Launched Google Affiliate Ads for Blogger

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 at 9:32am by Linda Buquet

Google just announced a long overdue slick little widget, so Blogger users can easily monetize their blogs via the Google affiliate network.

I helped launch the Google Affiliate Network back in 2008 and did their promotion for over 2 years. Here is one of the 1st promotions I did for the new network. And I still try to follow their progress as they grow. This step sounds like a no-brainer and I’m a little surprised they didn’t do it sooner.

Introducing Google Affiliate Ads for Blogger
We’re excited to announce that starting today, a new gadget called Google Affiliate Ads for Blogger will be available to select U.S. Blogger users. This gadget makes it easy for Blogger users to insert an affiliate ad into a blog post and earn a commission when someone clicks the link and makes a purchase on the advertiser’s site.

Learn more and get started at the Google Affiliate Ads for Blogger website.

Hap tip to Geno because I saw his post about it 1st.

Best States for Affiliates To Live In – Affiliate Nexus Tax

Friday, March 30th, 2012 at 8:51am by Linda Buquet

If you are worried about all the affiliate nexus laws and/or are an affiliate marketer who is considering moving to a new city for any reason, the following article may be helpful. It was written by Rick Gardiner over at Marketing Land and it’s well worth a read, so I wanted to share.

Best States To Live As An Affiliate Marketer

Whether affiliate marketing is your “day job” or just a supplemental income; there are several factors that should be considered when deciding the best place to establish and run your performance marketing business.

In recent years, Affiliate Nexus Tax laws have become the main driver behind which state affiliates should reside in. Newly proposed federal sales tax reform, if passed, will enable affiliates to approach this topic more strategically as a business owner.

RevenueAds – Leading CPA Network Offers Top Payouts

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 at 8:03am by Linda Buquet

RevenueAds

RevenueAds was started in 2005 and has been steadily growing every year. We try to take a personal approach to each of our affiliates in order to make their campaigns successful. Because of the quality our affiliates provide, we have several exclusive and direct offers. We invite you to compare your current epc’s with our network.

Take the time to sign up with us and check out our large list of direct campaigns, highest payouts, and weekly payment options. Our affiliate managers are seasoned in this industry and are here to help you grow your numbers month after month.

The Top 3 Reasons YOU should be a RevenueAds Affiliate:

1. Weekly payments offered

2. Best DIRECT offers and less brokered junk which leads to higher epc’s

3. We take the time to talk with all of our affiliates in order to run successful campaigns

More Info – Join Here!

You will quickly see what sets RevenueAds apart from the rest of the industry.
Go ahead and make the move. Sign up today!

AffiliateWire Rings In The New Year With Its Most Incredible Affiliate Adventure Contest Ever! (a division of RevenueWire)

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 at 8:03am by Linda Buquet

RevenueWire’s affiliate network, AffiliateWire, has truly gone all out for this year’s affiliate contest. They’ve just launched Lethal Velocity, their third annual Live Dangerously Contest. If you’ve never been a part of it before, this year is your chance to jump in on the unforgettable action. Their annual contest is truly an epic adventure-of-a-lifetime event. Past winners have gone on a real live shark dive in the Bahamas and an electrifying flight in a jet fighter –– barrel rolls included! That’s just how this affiliate network rolls…

For 2012’s installment of the Live Dangerously Contest, the grande prize blazes with even more excitement, speed, and raw awesome adventure than you ever thought possible. A winning seat in the Lethal Velocity Contest will pretty much BLOW YOUR MIND.

Winners get to drive a selection of exotic supercars at top speed down an airstrip in the Mojave Desert. Choose from a range of stunning road machines to try and reach the 200MPH mark, including a Ferrari GTB and Italia, Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, Mercedes McLaren SLR and Bentley Continental Supersports. Just imagine yourself at the wheel of one of these world class road machines!

And there’s an added challenge, too. You will be gunning to break the 200MPH barrier. If you succeed, you will be immortalized in the 200MPH Club!

The top new affiliate and the top incremental affiliate each win a seat in this thrilling automotive adventure. There’s also a third seat awarded to the top vote getting industry blogger. You can learn more about the blogger contest here.

There you have it. Three seats. One incredibly awesome experience.

Visit www.live-dangerously.com for all the details.

Now here’s the best part. All sales of every product on the AffiliateWire Network are automatically eligible towards this prize.

NOT A MEMBER? SIGN UP HERE.
THEN ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SELL, SELL, SELL.

That’s your cue. Sign up, open your AffiliateWire account, pick your products and put your campaigns in high gear.

Any questions, feel free to contact affiliates@revenuewire.com.

NDemand Affiliates – Top Affiliate Network with Great Payouts

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 at 8:00am by Linda Buquet

NDemand Affiliates

NDemand Affiliates is a superior affiliate network featuring 800+ campaigns and the best payouts you will find anywhere! From health and beauty to dating, they have all the top performing offers as well as great exclusives you won’t find elsewhere! Offers include a mix of incentive and non-incentive campaigns.

NDemand Affiliates strives to earn your business with our competitive rates, excellent affiliate support, and a vast campaign selection. With years of experience, the dedicated team of representatives will work diligently with you to ensure you earn the best return possible.

NDemand Affiliates – Affiliate Network Benefits

.:. Wide Variety of Offers
.:. Accurate Tracking System
.:. Great Creative Options
.:. Super Affiliate Bonuses
.:. Dedicated Affiliate Support

More Info – Join Here!

Net 30 payments are standard – bi-weekly payouts available after quality level is reached. Ndemand also offers 24/7 support and if you can’t reach an AM you can go right to the CEO!

With NDemand Affiliates you can be assured that we will always pay on time, carry the best quality – high converting campaigns on inventory, and always be there to offer dedicated support whenever you need it. Join NDemand Affiliates today and discover the difference.

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Recipe for a Successful Affiliate SEO Strategy in 2012

Monday, January 2nd, 2012 at 1:14pm by Linda Buquet

I haven’t quoted her for a long time, but one of my favorite authorities in the affiliate marketing space is Rae Hoffman-Dolan. So I was thrilled to discover a new article she penned today that has some very solid advice. Love the way Rae writes and she knows how to drive a point home! Hope you find this helpful.

Creating A Successful SEO Strategy For An Affiliate Website

Nowadays, ranking is much harder, especially for an affiliate-oriented website. I’d imagine that if you could go back in time and explain to a 1998 affiliate marketer what goes into ranking in the 2011 SERPS, it would be the same kind of culture shock as showing Henry Ford a busy metropolitan freeway at rush hour.

Affiliate marketing has evolved. This evolution is not so much technology-based, nor is it really “fundamentals” based. It’s strategy based.

So how do you create an evolved affiliate strategy? The specifics will change from site to site, but some of the standards remain the same regardless of the topic or niche.