On Banners - Part Two
What every new affiliate needs to know
Unrelated Product Banners
continued from On Banners - Context Is The King
Luckily, this one didn't take so much time to get identified
as wrong and eradicated for good. Promoting e-cigs and having a mind-mapping software banner? (Really!)
But you can see other folks make the exact same
mistake over and over again with all those out of their niche banners plastered all over. And then wonder
why no money comes their way.
Another slight digression:
Couldn't help thinking of those ads that keep following you everywhere. You know what I'm
talking about – Google Massive Spyderman Action. You clicked on something somewhere
once and next thing you know the same ad looks right back at you wherever
you land. It might have been interesting while it was all new, it might have
even brought some dough back then, but now? Seriously? People are freaking out.
Stop it, Google, before you ruin all banner
advertising for the rest of us.
Don't get me
wrong here – I'm not telling you not to promote anything out of your niche.
Don't expect ANYTHING if your site is young or
Don't expect MUCH even if your site is relatively old and established. Here you can even make a few dollars, but the
question remains – wouldn't it be more cost-effective if you used your precious ad space seen by many daily for something that fits in completely rather than hand it over to
Google for pennies?
see, gone are the days when people made gazillions with Chitika. Yes, one
prominent blogger said he had made millions
with Chitika contextual ads. But those were the days with fewer websites and hungrier visitors clicking their way through any link they see. Today, only huge places can make any kind of
significant money on stuff out of their niche.
In the last few months I had hundreds of e-cig purchases and zero ( 0 ) non e-cig purchases. Beside
e-cigs I've also tried my luck with a website building company and a mind-map
Zero purchases. And a few clicks.
Why? First – this is not any fault of the
companies whatsoever. All have high quality products plus great programs and support for
But I overlooked what the deal was. And wouldn't be surprised if you did, too.
People have come to your site looking for the specific info
related to the specific niche (yours). Unrelated product banners are mostly no
good for your site, no matter how great they might work for in-the-niche affiliates! Advertising these products might even hurt you, especially if your banner
is not backed by at least one page of a
the only banners out of my niche here have to do with you and are prominently placed on the part of the site that relates to you exclusively. Not just because I've been using these services. There's a suitable multi-page context here - e-cig
affiliate business. So, if you've arrived here via search engine looking for an affiliate opportunity, you
might also this other info if not useful, then at least appropriate.
OK, I can almost hear you moaning - can we have a successful example here?
Of course. I've tried and tested many over the months
And The Winner Is...
it or not, here's one that wasn't supposed to be affiliate banner at all.
It's not in the list of affiliate banners of the company in question. So I just
made a banner out of it and believed it would fit in just right.
And fit it did! This one has been sitting comfortably for months on pages Clearomizers and CE4 Clearomizer Review, collecting both clicks
What's the secret?
- Its high contextual
relevance – this banner is placed on the pages writing in more detail about
clearomizers. So, people are either searching for clearomizer info in general or in particular. Then they are sent to the page which displays more of what they have been searching for. If they don't feel like reading any further, they don't
need to – just click the banner.
- Good stuff repeated
twice with smart placement! If visitors feel like reading on – great! The same banner is placed at the end of the text as well.
- Valuable info – instead of bikers at the bar celebrating their freedom, it features clearomizers lineup. Which banners would work better for an info site than the ones giving valuable info themselves (why the heck didn't I come up with this before?) Likewise, my other winners were the banners containing info on significantly discounted products (which are high quality, don't forget that!)
- Visual similarity – back to the clearomizer banner - it sends people to the site having the same picture on similar position. So, basically the two sites have at least some visual resemblance. That way, your place looks like the place you're sending your visitors to without you being a copycat! It works, because people tend to prefer this kind of similarity over going to a place that's 100% something else. They may not even be aware of that!
Ignoring the following advice can leave some pretty moolah on the table
- Make sure you send your visitors exactly where the ad and your content promise to send them. It's usually not the homepage, especially if you're writing about a specific kit or accessory. Thing is people are used to be pointed to the exact spot. If you direct them to homepage, they may not feel like searching further. Clickaway! Also, some folks may not be internet savvy at all (they have other priorities instead of surfing their life away like us wackos:) So, unless you point them exactly to where they need to go, they simply won't know how to get there. Not finding that fancy kit from your ad. Getting slightly annoyed. Clickaway!
Not a digression this time
More often than not, your merchant does not provide this specific link. So, you'll have to create it yourself.
In the affiliate software find something called Alternate incoming page links. Then copy the link of the product page from the browser. Paste it into the appropriate field for incoming page links in your affiliate interface. Voila, the link will be modified, with your affiliate code added.
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Written by Ljubica, @Switchtoecig, ex teacher, translator, passionate reader, ex smoker and now vaper, e-cig reviewer and vaping advocate.